Monday, April 23, 2007

The Clergy get it

I would have expected Whig to be all over this:
Clergy join push to OK medical marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois' latest attempt to legalize medical marijuana is getting support from a surprising source — religious leaders.

"The moral issue is relief of suffering,'' said the Rev. D. Jay Johnson of the Union Avenue
Christian Church in Litchfield.

Johnson is one of more than 40 state religious leaders named in a letter distributed to legislators as they consider changing Illinois law to allow use of marijuana for treating pain and nausea in
medical patients.

Keeping medical marijuana illegel is just plain cruel. Amen.


Old Dominion Blue said...

Thanks for your visit over at BlondeSense. I can see you're all over this mental health thing too. We always see this in the aftermath of something like the VT shooting. Then, our collective ADD kicks in and we move on to the next missing white woman, or Anna Nicoole's baby, or some such nonsense. I despair that there will ever be a real serious debate about the quality and availability of mental health services in this country. Didn't happen after Columbine, didn't happen after the Amish schoolhouse shooting, won't happen now. It's a pity, really.

Oh, and a doobie a day keeps the doctor away!

pygalgia said...

Thanks, and I'm adding you to my blogroll. Your post's have been quite thoughtful.

Anonymous said...

The Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and the Episcopal Church have all either issued resolutions or signed statements supporting the use of marijuana under the supervision of a doctor. The Episcopal Church's 1982 resolution even delves into politics by saying that it "urges the adoption by Congress and all states of statutes providing that the use of marijuana be permitted when deemed medically appropriate by duly licensed medical practitioners."