Oregon, Alaska, District of Columbia Legalize Medical Marijuana

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/DAVID MCNEW
Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/DAVID MCNEW

Results of marijuana votes Tuesday (Nov. 4) were mixed, with Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia approving recreational pot use but Florida rejecting a state constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

Two Maine cities made opposite decisions in their votes on recreational marijuana. South Portland approved recreational use by a 52-48 margin while Lewiston rejected it 55-45.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law and is classified by the government as a schedule 1 substance, which denotes “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website.

Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research at Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in written commentary provided to Baptist Press that the various marijuana votes illustrate advocates’ game plan for making recreational pot legal on a “widespread” basis.

“Marijuana supporters continue to succeed with their plan to legalize this dangerous drug across the country. Their strategy is now quite obvious. They begin by playing on the public’s compassion with medical marijuana, and then follow up with their true agenda: the widespread legalization of recreational marijuana,” Duke said.

“A quick look at the 2014 vote results reveals this strategy very clearly. Oregon and Alaska, which both legalized recreational marijuana on Tuesday, have had legal medical marijuana since 1998. The medical marijuana efforts passed in those states because voters were told it would help relieve peoples’ suffering. Fast forward to 2014, and they now have legal recreational marijuana,” he said.

Duke added, “While many states are falling for the lie of marijuana’s harmlessness, the church does not have to be taken in.”

Oregon and Alaska join Washington and Colorado as the four U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Roach

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