Rudy’s post got me to thinking.
I have mixed feelings about legalizing drugs. The weird position of many Liberal Democrats doesn’t help. They hate tobacco, but marijuana is okay? How does that make any sense? How do we come up with a sensible law when so many people are that irrational about drug abuse?
I have lived with someone addicted to alcohol. So, I know what addiction looks like. I also know there are substances much more dangerous than alcohol. So, I am moved to outlaw dangerous drugs. The problem is how.
To work well a law has to be easily understood, enthusiastically supported, and enforceable. Unfortunately, the prohibition of marijuana use is not enthusiastically supported. I saw in college, more than four decades ago now, just how easily students could obtain marijuana. I also saw vast the vast ignorance and indifference of the users. These foolish college students were funding criminal cartels and helping to destabilize the governments of the poor countries where marijuana was grown.
What is supported? We could just prohibit the sale of marijuana to children, but once marijuana is legalized, that will make it much more difficult to keep marijuana from children.
Some problems don’t have easy answers. Often, government does not provide a solution.
One of the main weaknesses of our drug prohibitions is that we don’t put a strong enough focus on the users. If their only crime is drug abuse, putting drug addicts in prison does not seem to be a good answer. We have to figure out how to get drug users off drugs and keep them off drugs. Demand for addictive drugs is the root problem, but we don’t seem to have a good way of stopping the people who want illegal drugs from wanting them. Of course, we also have robbers, murderers, embezzlers, and other sorts of lawbreakers, and the only reliable way to keep criminals from breaking the law is to lock them up. The difference is that the public does not hold drug addicts responsible for the behavior. That, I think, is a mistake. Addiction is not a disease.
What is addiction. There is a physical aspect to addiction, but that does not occur until after we get hooked. The primary drive for most drug abusers is a desire to escape.
We live in a world that provides us plenty of causes for fear and anxiety. Some of us learn to cope, thriving on challenges. Others look for escape, including escaping into drug abuse.
What does escape involve? Instead of doing the hard labor of preparing for difficult test, for example, we head for the playground, browse the Internet, watch a cable show, read a thrilling story, get drunk, smoke marijuana, or get high on something worse. That is, we don’t work. Instead, we run away from that which troubles us.
What can we do about the tendency of some to seek escape instead of going to work? Well, we can stop calling the desire to escape whatever troubles us a disease.
Drug abuse is not appropriate way to escape the troubles of this world. What is? Consider the fact that the first thing God did for Adam is that He gave him a job. God made Adam His Gardener. Work can be very difficult, but we were made to work. When we feel fear and anxiety about something that troubles us, that usually just means we have difficult task ahead of us. The appropriate thing to do then is to get to work, not escape into drugs and alcohol.
We each need to learn, especially drug addicts, that work is a pleasure. When we don’t work, we eventually become bored, and boredom is far more punishing than the work of trying to overcome that which troubles us.
Is escape ever a good choice? Yes. It is appropriate to “escape” into prayer. We can then bring our troubles to our Lord. When we work for the glory of our Lord work is an act of worship. Therefore, before we begin any task, we can ask our Lord for His help, remembering that God wants us to work well and ably for His glory. When we do any task, no matter how mundane, if we do our best out of love for our Lord and our neighbors, that glorifies God.
Will Biden “expeditious” review of recreational pot result in a miracle?
The Chicago Tribune article titled: Federal Review of Pot could have more Illinois impact than pardon, reported:
“But SAM President Kevin Sabet downplayed Biden’s announcement. “‘It could be spun as looking pretty big. I think in reality it’s quite modest,” he said, adding that he expects “the legalization movement will be disappointed.”
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom proverbs to this conundrum.
1.Give alcohol to a man who is going to die, and wine to those who are sad, that they may drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6, 7)
2.Wine mocks those who use it (see Proverbs 20:1) and rewards them with woe, sorrow, strife, and wounds without cause (see Proverbs 23:29, 30). “In the end it [wine] bites like a snake and poisons like…
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