Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the letters to the editor who criticized my praise for the Menominee City Council for refusing to permit recreational marijuana sales in the city. It’s rebuttal of efforts to promote social acceptance of use and sale of this harmful mind-altering drug.

Regarding the letter of Jeremy Kuehnau that appeared in the Dec. 23 edition of the Eagle­Herald, Jeremy illustrates no knowledge of God by reference to God as “they” as he attempts to use creation as reason to use recreational marijuana. Moreover, he doubts the existence of God evidenced by use of “if’ in the first sentence; “If God created Earth, they created cannabis.” He ends with the conclusion that since marijuana exists we are intended to use it. I have news for Jeremy. Not everything that exists is good for us. When God created the first humans he instructed them not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree. As the account of human existence continues in the Old Testament, God followed up with the Ten Commandments and other revelations for right living.

Regarding arguments put forth by William Swenson in the letter printed Dec. 21 he cherry-picks verses from scripture to make a case. However, words of verses are meant to be read in context. One of his examples, he references Genesis 1:29-30. “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant of all the earth ... you shall have them for food’... “ However then, Genesis continues 2:16-17; “ ... of the tree of knowledge ... you shall not eat.”

His other attempts to use scripture to support recreational use of marijuana are similarly flawed. An egregious example is a reference to Proverbs 31:4-9 that provides intoxication is not for, “ ... those who make and enforce rules in a society, but is desirable for those who are poor and suffering.” But, as the account of human existence continues in the New Testament we learn of our Lord’s option for the poor. The poor and suffering are to be cared for, not doped.

So far as the experience of Colorado, an early adopter of legalized recreational marijuana, Denver Post report, August 2017, “The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested posi­tive for marijuana has risen sharply each year since 2013, more than doubling in that time.”

International Journal of Drug Policy, February 2015: “Forty-four-point seven of individuals with lifetime cannabis use progressed to other illicit drug use. Mental disorders predicted progression from cannabis use to other illicit drug use.”

Reuters, by Lisa Rapaport (study, recent report), “Current cannabis use was highest among people 18-25 years old with depression, at almost 30%.”

Laws are meant to protect.

 

Michael Ebert

Menominee