Just because marijuana/cannabis is a natural substance does not make it safe. Would you take nightshade, a known toxic, poisonous plant just because it grows? As a counselor and a recovering person, I have seen the addiction and horrors of those who cannot get off the influence of this substance, medically or otherwise. I witnessed a person in treatment who tried to kill himself under the influence and was found lying in his blood and how he survived was a miracle. In treatment after 21 days he was still deep into his addiction and not ready to go home like the rest of us. My friend's husband took it for medical reasons, and lost his sanity as he raged and threw me out of his home, screaming I was insane and crazy. It took one of my clients three years to break the habit/addiction of marijuana. With one year of sobriety she is building a new life without sexual abuse and finding her personal love. I find it to be as much a drug as any other toxic substance. That it is natural is not the issue. It is what it does to the person.
It is like someone drinking alcohol to run from reality. You can use any toxic substance to stop the sunlight of the spirit in your life. A drug, is a drug, is a drug. The label of the drug is not the problem. The problem is a person needs to stay toxic free to be rational and have a conscious contact with God.
Encouraging people to use marijuana is for keeping people victimized and without their personal power to be a good follower and not be able to think for themselves. Drugged people have given away their power. The leader, dictator, president can run the show, and the person is without any defense. This is a game.
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I have 31 years off alcohol and over 15 years off all prescriptions and drugs. I have become sane. Most people blot out their reality someway, Marijuana is just the recent excuse.
"The perfect dictatorship would have the appearance of a democracy, but would basically be a prison without walls in which the prisoners would not even dream of escaping. It would essentially be a system of slavery where, through consumption and entertainment, the slaves would love their servitudes" Aldous Huxley
Marijuana allows people to stay in the prison and not know how to leave.
Rev. Marilyn L. Redmond, BA, CHT, IBRT