by Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr.
The effort to legalize marijuana is an absolute cop-out to make more money for the states. It is not a sincere effort to confront the hard core issues of marijuana misuse and substance abuse in New York and states across America. Migrant children are literally dying at our borders due to the lack of leadership of the current Trump administration, and our states absolutely ignore the poor people’s plight by instead numbing the people’s pain
by pushing to legalize recreational marijuana.
Marijuana is extremely addictive, and it literally destroys both mental and physical health in the lives of misusers and abusers. Instead of legalizing recreational marijuana, we need to fight the forward fight daily against the evil trinity of real racism, classism, and sexism, all across the entire landscape of America. Legalizing recreational marijuana is not the answer. Legalizing recreational marijuana is pure governmental greed that leads to more car crashes, deaths, rapes, robberies, and ruined lives.
However, legalizing medical marijuana, where it is clearly medically warranted, watched and carefully administered by trained medical professionals, is the wiser choice.
Currently, we have blatant discrimination in marijuana arrests all over America in which African-Americans and Latinos are arrested in far greater percentages than white people. An effort is greatly needed to fight double standards.
Summonses to appear in court, instead of arrests, can free up much needed funds for substance abuse.
The unjust, racist double standard regarding arrests should be stopped, but not the illegal use of marijuana.
Most of all, a plan and push for substance abuse prevention and training is needed to transform the deeply wounded soul of America. When someone is totally high on marijuana and is committing horrible acts of physical, verbal, mental and sexual abuse, the laws against marijuana use are needed. New York State Governor Andrew Coumo is a great leader who has accomplished a lot for New York State.
I call on Governor Coumo, and other leaders across the nation not to legalize recreational marijuana. The combination of marijuana, other dangerous drugs, and liquor, equals big lethal trouble for the silent sufferers, the broken hearted family members and friends of the marijuana abusers. Marijuana abusers who end up literally dieing a senseless early death. Lives are more important than big business. Good government must not enable or empower deadly marijuana and alcohol abuse.
Arthur L. Mackey, Jr. is the author of Overcoming the Spirit of Depression — Recover All, available now on Amazon.
REV. ARTHUR L. MACKEY JR.
Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral
243 Rev. Dr. A. L. Mackey, Sr. Avenue
Roosevelt, N.Y., 11575
516 939 5679