Montanahome, I prayed on it, and God says you have no idea what you are talking about. He moved me to say so. Go read Romans 14 and stop taking the role of God. He is the only one that can pass judgment.
There are 21 major religions in the world, and 41,000 denominations of Christianity, but I'm sure you got it exactly right. Just because someone doesn't sign up for Barton's version doesn't mean you can pass judgment in violation of the Word of God. At least follow your own rules.
And I look forward to the day when we stop looking toward a bunch of 200-year-old slave owners to be our moral compass. Even more than I look forward to the day when we stop looking to a bunch of 3000-year-old middle-easterners with multiple wives and concubines from some ancient culture that is nearly entirely foreign to everything we are today. But I have faith it will happen some day. God told me so. And if you say otherwise, you just don't know the Spirit of the Lord like I do.
@ Lindseyislooney - Well, actually I did learn quite a bit about federal policy relating to marijuana. I learned that putting a person in prison for 85 years for growing plants for sick people is insane and it has to change. I also learned that people should not have to die in prison because of marijuana policy. We have spent over one trillion dollars to try and get tough on marijuana and it has failed. We now have more people in prison in this country than any other on a per capita basis, and we have the failed war on drugs largely to thank for it. In the mean time, more and more states are accepting of marijuana, and use has not changed significantly since that time. The bottom line is that the only way to change behavior is to regulate it.
Prohibition has always failed. Its only when we actually address the fact that marijuana is not going away will we ever see a reduction in the harm. Ending prohibition should be a priority. Montana was the first state to end state laws prohibiting alcohol during Prohibition, and we have apparently lost our libertarian ideals when it comes to personal liberties like that.
Another lesson I learned from the charges against Montana Cannabis and the raids around the state is that we cannot regulate until Federal law changes. But that should not prevent us from ending criminal penalties on marijuana use. It will be very interesting to see what happens in Washington and Colorado now that they have a legal regulatory scheme.
And I have never denied being "looney"!
Thank you for having the courage to say this Shane. Our politicians do not yet seem to understand they are in the minority on this issue.
Its like asking the Russian judge for the figure skating competition at the Olympics if he thinks the Russian figure skaters are the best skaters. None of us should be surprised at the scores he gives.
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