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9/5/2012 9:36:00 AM
Letter: Marijuana opponents second-guessing God


With all the debate about marijuana usage, one basic fact is being ignored: marijuana is not a chemical produced in a pharmacy. It is a species of life. The overwhelming majority of people would either credit its existence to Mother Nature or God.

Since no environmental impact study has been done, we can only guess at what its place is in nature, but one would think it is there for some positive role. And yet, we are spending billions to try to actively remove this species of life from its natural ecosystem. Do opponents to marijuana think that they are smarter than Mother Nature or do they think they are smarter than God?

I've often heard the argument from those who think God created it that "it's not that God created it; it's the way that man is using it that's the problem." Well, here's a newsflash: God knew that man was going to smoke marijuana before He ever created it and yet, in His manifest wisdom, He decided to create it anyway.

Just because one might not understand why God or Mother Nature put pot on this planet doesn't mean that it should be destroyed.

It's completely ridiculous to outlaw a species of life. The government has absolutely no moral, ethical or philosophical right to do so.

Drew Desmond

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Efrain Corona

"If you are trying to stay high, then you are bound to stay low"-Matisyahu-King Without A Crown. Saying that, I also believe that the greatest gift and responsibility God gave us was choice. This country was founded on the belief that we as human beings have fundamental rights. One of those rights is the choice of doing what we want with our bodies, and just like religion it should be respected. We are here to do God's work if we wish, but not be God's executioner or jury.

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Reason over passion

What reason in terms of human need has a person to seek a state of intoxication?

Food shelter and companionship are recognized needs. No one really has a chance without these.

But a naturally functioning and un-impaired human intellect....once altered by the ingestion of any intoxication-producing substance...immediately becomes questionable as to its reliability or predictability.

Some would even go so far as to characterize the motivation of dulling one's senses as essentially being a self-destructive tendency, regardless of whether they are even consciously aware of it. I would say they are not. And I'm certain a very strong case can be made for that perspective.

But none of this matters because the reason it's being allowed now is because of its market value.Hundreds of billions of dollars a year in unrealized revenue is why cannabis is being given a new face.

It's 'medicine' now.

But this new mask can never obscure the truth about the effects of it on its consumers. And at the end of the day if they do not care about themselves...why should anyone else care about them?
And fact is, the government wouldn't be one....if it didn't extend it's hand out for a cut of this action.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Discussion Not Emotion

Weed isn't a gateway drug. That's a popular myth, but the research just doesn't back that up. It certainly does happen that way for some people, but overall most people who try weed never move on to heavier drugs.

The true gateway drugs are alcohol and nicotine. That's a fact.

I don't like Drew's argument in this letter, but we need to get over our angst in regards to marijuana. We're spending all kinds of money on the "war on drugs," and accomplishing very little.

Stop anthropomorphizing an unliving chemical into an "evil" thing and realize that we need to change the behavior of drug dependent individuals. People become addicts for tons of reasons that have nothing to do with the drug itself.

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: put down the bong drew

I once felt the way you did Drew. Then I realized MJ was a gateway drug to all the rest and I was sucked in. After using Meth and abusing other drugs for 17 years, I finally got clean and am sober today. MJ is a total motivation killer and will eventually alter your mind. Leave it alone!

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Billy Jack

Who wrote this article, "Cheech" or "Chong"??

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: Alan Yoder

We will be moving to Prescott Valley in the near future.

The cost in human lives that mind altering drugs including alcohol and marijuana is beyond measure. Across the world families and lives are being destroyed by bad behavior and driving while under the influence. Those adicted to these substances will always want them and thieir use made lawful. Those who want people to solve their problems and not resort to hiding behind these escape substance must continue the fight to control or prohibit them.

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Article comment by: A value-meal for Drew

You seek contentment where it can never be found outside of yourself.

But happiness can only come from within. And it requires no explanations or arguments to justify it.

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