Dear Editor, 

I read with great disappointment the letter to the editor “Writer replies to comments about marijuana use” appearing in the Jan. 2, EagleHerald. The writer failed to see the clear scriptural support for cannabis.

There is nothing in scripture to suggest the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” mentioned in Genesis 2:9 is the cannabis plant that God forbade Adam and Eve to eat from. Cannabis is a plant that must be distinguished from a tree. The cannabis plant is smaller and doesn’t produce fruit like a tree — it produces a flower. Cannabis is clearly one of the “green plants” God gave man and animals for food in Genesis 1:30. To try to turn it into a tree is a Trump-like stretch of the imagination.

It should be painfully obvious that the poor and suffering should have easy access to cannabis as a raw non-intoxicating food, as a non-intoxicant such as cannabidiol (CBD), and as an intoxicant containing THC when necessary. Not only does the Proverb 31:4-9 support this, Jesus Christ’s teaching of “mercy” as a most important or fundamental matter of the law in Matthew 5:7; 9:13; 12:7; 23:23; James 2:12-13, supports it as well.

What we see today is much pain, suffering and death from legally available drugs such as alcohol, opioid painkillers and other dangerous pharmaceuticals that are far more intoxicating and addictive than cannabis. CBS 60 Minutes has accurately covered the disaster of opioids and the scandalous corruption behind it. See, for example, “The opioid epidemic: Who is to blame?” The public clearly needs cannabis as a merciful alternative to life-threatening pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco.

Scientists have found cannabis to be 100 times safer than alcohol and other drugs. See Newsweek article, “Cannabis More Than 100 Times Safer Than Alcohol, Study Finds.” Also, people intoxicated on cannabis are much safer drivers than those who are drunk. See The Washington Post article, “Stoned drivers are a lot safer than drunk ones, new federal data show.”

Cannabis as a gateway drug and as being responsible for homelessness, for an increase in motor-vehicle accidents, for an increase in use by school-aged children, etc., has either been flat-out debunked or shown not to be a proven fact one way or the other. See, for example, the Snopes article, “What Were the Consequences of Legalizing Weed in Colorado?”

Big Pharma frequently buys our politicians, the people who do research, and the news media in order to mislead the public and to protect their financial interests. See the Esquire article, “Marijuana’s Biggest Enemy Is Not Jeff Sessions–It’s Big Pharma” and the US News & World Report article, “Who’s Really Fighting Legal Weed.”


William Swenson