Before I share with you on why I am against smoking pot, let me share with you what I posted on Facebook earlier today:
I prayed to God and He wanted me to share this with you all today. I have been taking heat from many for my stance on legalized pot. Many are reading the headlines of my posts bit they do not read the entire post. Breaks my heart. I am strongly opposed to smoking pot, not medical pot. I have a dear friend right now being treated with medial pot for her cancer. I am married to a former medical researcher, Sharon is now an RN. Sharon has helped me understand in depth the harm of smoking pot. I have talked to a lot of people that have stopped because it is mind altering. I have helped many people with addictions. Pot can cause severe damage to ones health. I will share with you posts from the past on pot.
Before I do that…We get a ton of news releases from so many outlets everyday…hundreds, people wonder what I do all day! LOL! LOL! I am very careful what we post to make sure it is Biblical and not crazy stuff like what a lot of the world desires. Here is a news release I got from an outfit this morning. It shows where much of America is, it is a country I no longer recognize.
Crazy right! Reading that news release made my sick to my stomach!
How can a Christian throw hate at me for being against smoking pot?
From the Past:
The chemicals in marijuana have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies. New Mexico is looking in all the wrong places for revenue. Look to God, not man.
FGGAM NEWS JUST RECEVED THIS NEWS RELEASE:
Public Health Organizations Call on Lawmakers to Protect NM’s Clean Indoor Air Laws; Express Concern Over Cannabis Regulation Act
All New Mexicans deserve to live, work, study and play in smokefree environments
ALBUQUERQUE – March 26, 2021— As Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham is planning to call a special session to pass the Cannabis Regulation Act, a coalition of leading public health groups across New Mexico joined together to urge lawmakers to protect the state’s smokefree air laws, cautioning against the potential dangers of the this legislation. The group, including the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Heart Association, American Lung Association in New Mexico, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids and New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco issued a letter to lawmakers and Governor Lujan-Grisham stating the following:
“As leading public health organizations, we want to express significant concerns with the Cannabis Regulation Act. The Cannabis Act would roll back protections in the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act by allowing marijuana smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, indoors in licensed marijuana establishments.
“Our organizations have long fought for laws and policies to make our communities in New Mexico and across the country smokefree. All Americans deserve to live, work, study and play in smokefree environments. By implementing smokefree environments, all workers and patrons can be protected from the dangers of all types of secondhand smoke, including marijuana smoke.
“Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxins and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke. These toxins can cause lung irritation, asthma attacks, and make respiratory infections more likely. Exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke can exacerbate health problems especially for people with respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, or COPD. The chemicals in marijuana have also been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies.
“In 2007, New Mexico took a tremendous step forward for public health when it passed the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act, which eliminated smoking in almost all public places and workplaces in the state.
As states consider legalizing cannabis, our organizations have strongly urged decisionmakers to ensure current smokefree laws are protected. The smoking or aerosolizing of marijuana should be prohibited anywhere that tobacco use is currently prohibited. Decisionmakers must ensure that the smokefree environments that have been created continue to offer protection from secondhand marijuana smoke for workers and patrons.
“Unfortunately, the Cannabis Regulation Act would significantly roll back the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act. Of particular concern are sections that include wording for “cannabis consumption areas” and exemptions to the clean indoor air act. Decriminalizing marijuana should not roll back smokefree protections and bring smoking of cannabis indoors to public places and businesses. Every worker deserves a smokefree workplace.
“Nobody should have to breathe secondhand smoke, including secondhand marijuana smoke, while earning a paycheck. To best protect public health, we encourage the state legislature not to roll back the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act by allowing marijuana to be smoked, including through e-cigarettes, inside any workplaces, including licensed marijuana establishments.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
And there is this post from Rick Stambaugh of FGGAM from 2014:
Here it is folks and I think it’s alarming!
For all those wanting to argue that marijuana is so much better for you than cigarettes or alcohol, you really should read this!
I do not profess to be a doctor or extremely educated in the effects of the use of marijuana but the author of this article, ‘The American Lung Association’, I believe knows something about this.
I am not trying to give argument for or against marijuana, alcohol or tobacco, nor to argue between the use or non-use of marijuana for medical purposes and I’m definitely not trying to jam it down anybody’s throat but it’s a VERY, VERY SERIOUS and alarming article on the DAMAGING EFFECTS of marijuana!
If you take a couple of minutes, (come down off any high’s that may be influencing your thought), and actually read this article with an open mind, you may decide you might want to change your viewpoint! My only purpose here is to provide you with some VERY IMPORTANT information!
While damage to existing generations from cigarettes is great, I fear the damage to our upcoming and future generations from legal or illegal use of marijuana will be far, far worse without even discussing the possibility of marijuana being a ‘GateWay Drug’ to even more powerful addictive and damaging drugs! In fact, at the bottom of this article is a link to another article showing that Americans who smoke both tobacco and marijuana tend to smoke tobacco at a higher rate than an individual who does not partake in smoking marijuana.
You can read the article from the Lung Association by clicking here: https://www.lung.org/associations/states/colorado/tobacco/marijuana.html
And this from Chuck Akeley in 2020:
“Legalization” Of Marijuana In New Mexico – Is This Really A Good Idea?
In our country and yes, our state, it has become almost fashionable to support the growth and use of marijuana, whether for medicinal use or recreational use. So much so, that even our state executive and many legislators consider government sanctioned and controlled distribution of marijuana to be a worthy effort as means to acquire tax dollars. Let’s consider some of the well-established issues facing New Mexico. For many years, we’ve been rated at the bottom or almost the bottom for quality of education, children living in poverty, drug use (e.g., opioid use), drug trafficking (I-40, I-10, I-25 and the southern border corridors) and DWI offenders (including the associated deaths). Is there really wisdom in enhancing these issues by creating a culture of “legalized” use of marijuana here in New Mexico?
A wise man once told me that if you have any doubt as to whether to do or say something, then ask yourself, would you look to Jesus and say “Lord, I do this thing as unto You” or “Lord, I give You thanks for this which I am about to do.” If the answer is no, then why are you doing it? Would you ask Jesus to bless your firing up of a joint or bowl or eating of a laced edible so that you would experience a high? The scripture says we should seek His wisdom. According to Proverbs 4:7, “[w]isdom is the principal thing; [t]herefore get wisdom [NKJV].” Ephesians 5:15-21 instructs us to walk in wisdom: “[s]ee then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ [NKJV].” Just because we CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean we SHOULD do something.
My background includes a few years as a Special Agent with the USAF Office of Special Investigations, during which much of the training involved drug enforcement. I spent the first year after completing the initial academy leading the Travis AFB, CA Joint Drug Enforcement Team and subsequently worked for several years at Holloman AFB, NM participating in drug enforcement operations with the other agents. Once you have strapped on the equipment and executed a few warrants, you tend to develop a very different perspective about “low level drug use,” as the small amounts of drugs came from someone who was probably not your next door neighbor, and that person’s drugs came from a trafficker – a very dangerous person. The perspective that I’m not hurting anyone is a big lie. It is not surprising to me that the military and local or state police have had to lower standards in order to acquire acceptable cadets. Today, our children and youth often do things as a result of cultural or peer influences which can devastate future employment opportunities. How much worse it is when our children’s parents are the ones modeling this behavior? I thank God that our Lord is forgiving and merciful, and am reminded that we are called to forgive others and to help guide our friends, family and others unto salvation and into their God-given destiny!
It’s interesting to hear discussions about “legalizing” recreational use of marijuana at the state level. If a state allows something that is forbidden at the federal level, it is not really legal, but what is happening is that the federal government has elected, as a matter of enforcement discretion, to refrain from seeking prosecution under certain circumstances and the state has elected to ignore existing federal code or statutes. The federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), 21 USC 812, establishes five schedules of controlled substances, identified as Schedules I, II, III, IV and V. Schedule I lists substances that have been determined to have: 1) a high potential for abuse; 2) no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and 3) a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or substance under medical supervision. The psychoactive substance in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), remains to this day a listed Schedule I substance. Because of this, many states have struggled with the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana and declare legality, when in point of fact, what is occurring is simply enforcement discretion at the federal level and a glaring lack of willingness of the federal government to take a solid position one way or the other.
There is MUCH remaining to be said about this issue, including the increasing levels of THC in modern-grown marijuana plants provided by dispensaries and technologically-advanced illicit grows, the lack of clear means for law enforcement to easily determine the degree of driving impairment compared to determining alcohol impairment, the effect that such has or may have on us developmentally, mentally and physically, the wisdom and procedure for assuring sound regulatory controls at the federal and state level – and assuming this issue isn’t going away quickly, the spiritual implications of encouraging, yet another mind altering substance for use by our residents, demonstrating yet again, the wisdom of man in the face of the wisdom of God.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask that You would speak to the hearts of those in a position to encourage, allow, regulate and/or spend tax dollars on marijuana matters in our beautiful State of New Mexico (and across this nation). Give us ears to hear and eyes to see what is the will of God. May wisdom guide our discussions and determinations, with a mighty hedge of protection over all who are doing Your will and serving Your people, in light of this challenge. But regardless, help us to always love. Always. Amen.
Albuquerque, New Mexico