By Mark Tooley
Colorado is voting in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. It’s already permissible for ostensible medical reasons. Naturally many traditional religious leaders are opposing Amendment 64. But the Huffington Post quotes a United Methodist minister who supports a pot friendly Colorado.
“How we punish people and what we punish them for are central moral questions,” explained Rev. Bill Kirton, who is identified by HuffPo as being with Denver’s United Methodist church, though the article doesn’t explain which one. “If a punishment policy fails to meet its objectives and causes harms to humans, I believe we have a moral obligation to support change.”
Building on his argument that legalizing marijuana is a moral cause meriting clergy support, Rev. Kirton declared: “Our laws punishing marijuana use have caused more harm than good to our society and that is why I am supporting replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of strict regulation with sensible safeguards.”
And Rev. Kirton sermonized: “As we seek to teach compassion and love, it seems inconsistent to support, in cases of private personal adult marijuana possession, the use of police, guns, and courts.” After all, he said, “The faith community, parents, peers, and educators are the appropriate institutions in society to address this kind of personal behavior.”
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