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State Rep. DAVID SIMPSON writes, “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix. The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of our prohibition approach to drug use.” 

COMMENTARY by STATE REP. DAVID SIMPSON

As a Christian, I recognize the innate goodness of everything God made and humanity’s charge to be stewards of the same.

In fact, it’s for this reason that I’m especially cautious when it comes to laws banning plants. I don’t believe that when God made marijuanadavid simpson texas trib portrait he made a mistake that government needs to fix.

Regrettably, that’s not the course we have pursued on more than one occasion. In the name of protecting the public, certain substances have been declared evil and contraband. So evil are these substances that state and federal agents are empowered to enforce laws with little to no regard for constitutional protections of individual rights, the sanctity of one’s home or the right to travel freely.

You would think that our country’s history with alcohol prohibition — an era marked by bootlegging, organized crime, government corruption and a rise in crime in general — would have prevented us from making the same mistake again.

But our current “war on drugs” policies, though well intended, have accomplished the exact opposite, spurring a proliferation of ever-changing exotic designer drugs and a disregard for constitutional protections in the name of eliminating drugs at any cost. Just think of no-knock warrants, stop-and-frisk, civil asset forfeiture and billionaire drug lords.

The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of the prohibition approach to drug abuse, the impact of prohibition enforcement on constitutionally protected liberties and the responsibilities that individuals must take for their own actions.

The Bible warns about excessive drinking, eating and sleeping (Proverbs 23:21), but it doesn’t ban the activities or the substances or conditions associated with them — alcohol, food and fatigue. Elsewhere, feasting and wine are recognized as blessings from God.

Scripture stresses respect for our neighbor’s liberty and conscience, moderation for all and abstinence for some.

Should we be concerned for our friends and neighbors who abuse a substance or activity? Yes, we should help them through sincere and voluntary engagement, but not with force and violence.

Is there a place for prohibition? Yes, a prohibition of aggression (Romans 13). Our laws should prohibit and penalize violent acts. This is the jurisdiction of the magistrates under the new covenant — harm to one’s neighbor.

Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor.

DAVID SIMPSON, a Longview Republican, has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2011. This commentary was originally published in TribTalk and is reprinted here through a news partnership between the San Marcos Mercury and the Texas Tribune.

PHOTO by MARJORIE KAMYS COTERA FOR THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

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8 thoughts on “Commentary: The Christian case for legalizing marijuana

  1. Mr. Sampson is a courageous man for expressing this opinion on a very controversial subject. I agree with him 100% that it is time for us to strike all laws regarding marijuana from the Texas statute. This will give law-enforcement more resources and more time to pursue violent crime instead of pursuing people choosing to use a plant for their own benefit or pleasure. Legalize it!

  2. God may have made marijuana….but that doesn’t mean that He intended us to roll it up and smoke it….

  3. Ingested = eaten. But the Bible also commanded us to obey all of the laws of the city, state, country, etc. that we live in as long as they are not in opposition to God’s laws. Since God never told us to smoke weed, then the Bible’s instructions are to follow the law of the land on the matter. Hence, don’t do it.

    Then there’s also the matter of the body being a Temple, and the repeated instructions from the Bible to not be drunken or put ourselves under the influence of mild altering substances, and so on……

    Any way you slice it, you can’t make a theologically sound case that the Bible tells us that it’s OK to smoke weed.

  4. Why am I not surprised to see “Drano” convinced that he knows God’s every intention?!? Sorry, Drano, but you couldn’t possibly know that. Dolt.

  5. Bye, Bye to State Representative David Simpson. He lost his run for Senate Dist. 1 in east Texas. It was a landslide victory for State Representative Bryan Hughes. Simpson failed just as his silly drug legalization bill did in the state legislature in 2015. Good riddance to both.

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