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It is perhaps emblematic of our decadent times that the two most noteworthy legal maneuvers of late, occupying significant time and resources of the the legislative and judicial branches are: providing legal recognition to homosexual unions, and the legalization of the smoking of marijuana. To these legal maneuvers it must be added to other ignominies of recent decades such as no-fault divorce and the horrifying legalization of the killing of the unborn; 53 million dead Americans and counting, plus the untold cost of the destruction of marriage and family as we once knew it.Maybe there is a certain perverted “Logic” to wanting to legalize getting stoned.People after all need to medicate their anxious and bewildered souls! I think this is the first time I have commented on the increasing attempt to legalize the use and sale of marijuana “in small amounts.” Frankly, there are bigger issues.Most of us know that pot has been around for a while is probably here to stay.Nevertheless our insistence that we legalize its selling and use is not a healthy sign.I suppose the libertarian in me says, “Why should the government care if people smoke a little weed.But the pragmatist in me says, “The last thing we need is a more widespread use of another mind altering drug that makes people, frankly, stupid.” A few disclaimers, before I make my main point. Some claim, that alcohol has caused far more harm than pot. But of course alcohol is more widely used, and that surely explains its more devastating effects in our culture.And it hardly makes sense to argue that sanctioning another legal mind altering drug will have little or no effect through traffic accidents and other deleterious behaviors.

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The bottom line is alcohol has been with us almost from the beginning, and is here to stay.It is in a different category that other drugs in that the Scriptures permit, even commend its moderate use, and Jesus made wine and used it for the sacrament of his Blood. Some say that legal sanctions are not the proper way to deal with drug use.No one would argue that alcohol abuse is a good thing. To some degree it is reasonable to argue that incarcerating people with drug problems is not a wise approach. Frankly I have never even taken a drag on an ordinary cigarette, not even once.Perhaps it is these more punitive measures that need adjustment, rather then sanctioning the use of marijuana by the removal of most legal obstacles to its sale and use. Some say that laws will not stop the use of pot, it is a cultural trend and people who want to use it will find a way. Knowing that something is illegal and carries possible severe legal issues influences my thinking an helps my choice to stay away from such proscribed behaviors, not just with drugs, but other illegal activities too. Law does have a pedagogical (educational) function. The thought of dragging filthy smoke into my lungs has never had any appeal to me.

I like the smell of a good cigar or pipe, or incense but I have no interest in dragging that stuff into my lungs in large and literally choking quantities.

That the anti-smoking zealots are not on the warpath about smoking dope is a puzzling silence and probably another example of the self-censorship of political correctness.