What Would Jesus Do? He’d legalize weed, that’s what.
Look, I’ll admit it; I have never been particularly churchy. In fact, for the most part, I’ve been opposed to religion in general. I mean, most religious types seem so condescending and judgmental – especially when it comes to weed.
Yeah, I know you may not agree, but I also know y’all know what I’m saying.
Anyway, sometimes, not often, just sometimes, the God Squad manages to surprise me – in a good way.
Last week, the New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, which represents some 600 congregations, voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to the War on Drugs.
I know, right…
So firstly, the resolution makes it clear that Methodists believe in a system of restorative justice, which is a philosophy that asks the question, ‘who has been hurt?’ and attempts to right that wrong, instead of just asking, ‘what law has been broken?’ and punishing the offender.
Once they cleared that up, the resolution recognized that the War on Drugs (which is just another name for prohibition) has failed to eliminate, or even reduce, substance abuse. And, furthermore, that one of the unintended consequences of drug prohibition is “a huge and violent criminal enterprise” that has grown up around the black market for illegal substances.
The resolution also talks about the massive overcrowding of the prison system with mostly non-violent Americans convicted of violating drug prohibition laws, and the fact that this failed policy is a massive waste of taxpayers’ money.
What’s more, the church group says that “to people of color, the War on Drugs has arguably been the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery”
Which are all great points, right?
However, even better than what the Methodists have to say is that to write their resolution they teamed up with another group of people that I usually don’t have much time for – the cops.
That’s right, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a non-profit organization made up of police officers and government agents who oppose drug prohibition. Their Executive Director, retired Police Major Neill Franklin reminded those at the church conference that Jesus was concerned with the poor and the marginalized in his society, adding that, “in our society, the story of the poor and marginalized is one of mass incarceration, racial injustice, and the breakdown of families caused by the War on Drugs,”.
Christians and Cops supporting legalizing weed? Well, I don’t know about you, but my mind is blown.
So, what do you guys think? Is it possible that Jesus could bring more right-wingers over to the side of good? Comment below and let us know.