Christian Pastor Says Legalize Drugs?

Via Roger Wolsey
on Aug 6, 2010
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Personally, I’m not in favor of drug use.  I think it’s poor stewardship of one’s body and prevents people from embracing reality, but enough is enough! My moral opinion isn’t worth 28,000 murders, way too many people behind bars, and a massive waste of taxpayers dollars.  The United States now has 1 out of every 31 of our adult citizens either behind bars, or on parole or probation and the lion’s share of them are in the system due to drug related offenses.  Mexico is looking at legalizing drugs as the most sane and effective way to respond to their problems.  This will be even more effective if the U.S. joins them and shares this approach.

Legalize, or at least de-criminalize, drugs now!

Can I get an Amen?!

Note:  this should not be spun as “United Methodist pastor favors drug use.”   What I’m saying is that the status quo ain’t working and the war on drugs has been lost and it’s partly because of people trying to legislate morality.  You’d have thought we would have learned our lesson during the failed Prohibition Era.

It makes much more sense to legalize drugs, regulate them, tax them, and help the people with their problems that are causing them to resort to drug use rather than making them into criminals.  Granted,  anything that can be used as a date rape drug shouldn’t be legalized or even decriminalized.  And there may be good reasons to put limits on crystal meth because of how dangerous it is.  But folks wouldn’t likely use crystal meth if other drugs were legally available.  I say regulate them, tax them and use the money for drug use prevention and addiction programs.

In particular, it is hypocritical for our government to allow alcohol but not to allow marijuana use.  Both are mind altering substances and marijuana is in no way worse than alcohol.  While smoking pot can lead to lung cancer and it doesn’t exactly help brain cells, as I understand it, more human organs are damaged, and more severely, by alcohol than marijuana.  In fact, it’d be far better for our society if more folks smoked pot than consumed alcohol.  There would be far fewer motor vehicle accidents and deaths and far fewer domestic acts of violence.  This would also mean lower insurance costs and less costs to taxpayers for police, emergency,  ER services, and court processes.

Moreover, legalizing drugs would single-handedly reduce crime in both Mexico and in the US, and dramatically reduce the amount of governmental corruption.   Heck, it would cease the major source of funding for the Taliban and terrorism.

Alas, my guess is that our nations’ prison industry would lobby against decriminalization however.  They have a vested interest in keeping as many of us behind bars as possible. sigh.

But I will not be resigned to things the way they are.  The collective power of the people trumps those of the prison industry.  All we have to do is to face the facts, embrace common sense, and work together to change the laws.

Who’s with me?

abstainently yours (well, aside from some beer & wine),


p.s. I am in favor of the medicinal use of marijuana and have met several people who are benefiting greatly from such use. (though I know many more who feign a medical problem and simply use it recreationaly, and/or to try to escape from and numb their problems in life)


About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity


13 Responses to “Christian Pastor Says Legalize Drugs?”

  1. well written and agree with your argument……Elizabeth Sandoval

  2. Jennifer Brever says:

    I'm with You!
    Thanks for speaking out on this! You are in a powerful position to do so because of your being a Pastor.
    So many families, Communities and dollars are wasted because of the Industrial Prison Complex. If there was such thing as a Sin then this would be a Modern day Societal Monster of a Sin!
    Addiction of Any kind can be replaced with positive or less harmful rituals!! Let's revision with Addicts their self-worth and importance and assure them of their necessary place in this world. We all exist for a purpose.

  3. BrotherRog says:

    Jennifer Lewis-Renfrow
    Makes sense to me … I've been saying this for years. If we legalize drugs, we can tax them and regulate them. It frees up monies that currently go towards prosecutions and incarcerations related to drugs for other, arguably, more important things, such as domestic violence programs and research into more treatment options and programs for drug abuse and addictions.

  4. BrotherRog says:

    Sara Weaver
    Weed is safer than alcohol, safer than tobacco..we spend so much money every year in the legal system keeping people in jail, trying people for having weed..its ridiculous. Seriously.

  5. Bill Peltz says:

    Another argument for this is that it would undercut a major form of institutional racism. The private prison industry depends to a great extent on drug law enforcement in minority communities. Wells Fargo, as a large investor in private prisons, displays the synergy between predatory mortgage lending, aggressive foreclosure policy, the intensification of poverty, drug dealing, selective and discriminatory law enforcement, and profitable private prisons.

  6. BrotherRog says:

    This just in re: deaths in Mexico due to drug laws:

  7. Man Poirrier says:

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