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November 3, 2010

California Rejects Marijuana Initiative

Marijuana appeared on many ballots this year. Arizona and South Dakota appeared ready to reject ballots legalizing marijuana for medical use, declining to join the 13 other states that have done so.

California considered but rejected the most radical measure with the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act (Proposition 19), which would allow adults 21 and over to grow, possess, and privately consume up to an ounce of pot.

Supporters often push legalized marijuana as a fresh source of tax revenue for cash-strapped states. "No matter what happens (with Prop 19), it's now undeniable that national public sentiment is increasingly turning against the idea that responsible adults should be criminalized for using a substance less harmful than alcohol," said Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project. Critics note that states where medical marijuana is legalized often experience a glut of dispensaries (marijuana dispensaries now outnumber Starbucks stores in Denver and Los Angeles) and questionable prescriptions for everything from cancer to a headache. Others warn that legalizing marijuana for medical use leads down a slippery slope to de-criminalizing pot completely, using California as an example.

Oregon voters were considering an expansion to existing marijuana laws this year: Voters decided whether to authorize state-licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana. Meanwhile, in Colorado, the medical marijuana industry provided generous contributions to favorable candidates and there is already evidence of campaigns for a vote to expand its use to be included in the 2012 election. The expanding consensus toward legalizing marijuana for various uses indicates “the increasingly relativistic tone that our country is adopting,” according to Billy Atwell, coordinator for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Atwell also points toward research finding that the only legitimate use of medical marijuana is in pill form.

Comments

Unfortunately is kind of a shallow victory, because 46% of the votes were for the Legalization. That is a lot of people, and millions continue smoking it. Then in one end of the spectrum, there is the salient Governor who did smoke marijuana years ago and in front of the camera.

A corrupt and perverted people, eventually will elect corrupt and perverted leaders like themselves. Who will create corrupt and perverted "laws" legalizing it. It's just a matter of time.

Marijuana has ruined the lives of several of my childhood friends. Now in mid 30s and they don't even know how messed up they are, still smoking and drinking, and wondering why everything goes wrong for them all the time. One beloved friend even forgot me (likely due to heavy marijuana smoking) and could not remember me. Imagine if your parents and siblings forgot who you were and treated you like a stranger. Imagine if all your loved ones got amnesia and couldn't remember you. Like a dagger through the heart that stays lodged in there and causes you to bleed afresh everyday. Every day, crushing and death! To hell with marijuana! To hell with the marijuana industry! To the lake of fire with the indulgences of the flesh!

Salero, You remind me of the story of Elijah. He had just defeated the prophets of Baal yet rather than rejoice in the victory, he wallowed in the near defeat. God gently rebukes Elijah and reminds the prophet of all that God has done on his behalf. As Elijah stands on the mount before the Lord, God causes a strong wind to blow, so strong that even the rocks break before him; then YHWH causes the ground to quake, and he sends fire. Yet, the Bible records that God is not “in” the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. Rather, he speaks to Elijah. God is in his Word, and what he tells the beleaguered prophet is that there remain 7,000 in Israel who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

You should be praising God rather than wallowing over the close defeat. There still remains a remnant. Pray for them.