On the November 6, 2018 statewide ballot, Michigan citizens will be asked to vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana in our state. This ballot initiative, funded by outside-of-Michigan billionaires, is being aggressively pushed by the marijuana industry–Big Tobacco 2.0.
Why should the faith community care if recreational marijuana is legal? Do we have a responsibility to prevent its expansion? Who are we to project our convictions on others? Below is why we believe recreational marijuana passage in Michigan would be a detriment to our families and communities (click here for the full version).
- Although God’s Word does not specifically mention marijuana, drunkenness is expressly prohibited. And it commands us to be good stewards of our body; its use can cause great harm.
- Marijuana is a psychoactive substance that impairs a person’s perception of reality, creates passivity, diminishes one’s ability to observe, remember, and reason while creating a numbing effect on the mind and body. Studies show that marijuana usage, especially among young people, can cause brain damage.
- The concentration of THC (the psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana) in today’s marijuana is much higher than previous generations experienced, making the drug significantly more potent. Even a small amount of THC can have a negative impact.
- Compared to alcohol, a much lower dosage of marijuana can induce intoxication. The purpose for the use of recreational marijuana is to “get high,” violating the Christian value of sobriety. If the scriptures prohibit intoxication by alcohol, they also prohibit intoxication by marijuana. Both impair our ability to fulfill God’s purpose.
- Instead, Christians should endeavor to be filled with the Holy Spirit and refrain from dulling or diminishing our God-given physical and mental ability to serve and glorify God, hear his Spirit, and obey His voice.
Please join our coalition using the signup form on the right and send this information to your pastor, church network, and community leaders. Pastors and faith leaders who sign up can add their name to our efforts as we stand together for healthy Michigan families and against the dangerous push to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan.