Rev. Mark H. Creech on Does the U.S. Constitution Support the Legalization of Marijuana?

Only just a few days ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure which protects banks that want to work with legal marijuana businesses. The legislation would also ensure that cannabis businesses may access financial services such as opening accounts, making loans, accepting credit cards and depositing money – something they haven’t been able to do previously because the federal government still considers marijuana use illegal.

With the legal marijuana industry growing, the pressure for legalization on both the state and federal levels is mounting. In fact, according to State of the Legal Cannabis Markets report, Arcview and BDS claim that medical marijuana is expected to be legal in all states by 2024, and recreational marijuana legal in 20 states by the same year.

It would seem that if something should truly be a part of our American way of life, it would be because of certain inalienable rights. In the preamble of our representative republic is found the basis for justly examining whether the business of marijuana is consistent with the American way. In fact, herein are six points that form the sound basis for examining whether anything is at cross purposes with American objectives.

We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.

The first of these six points is the formation of a more perfect union. So let’s ask the marijuana industry: Does pot contribute to the formation of a more perfect union?

It’s doubtful most Americans would agree that leadership would be enhanced if public officials and their staff were given greater opportunity for toking. Imagine deciding critical matters regarding Medicaid, tax reform, sick leave, education funding, voting, the minimum wage, environmental regulations, road funding, guns, and national defense, with marijuana-impaired minds.

Moreover, marijuana proponents have been saying that legalizing cannabis would mitigate ethnic and racial disparities in law enforcement.

It hasn’t turned out that way for Colorado. Since legalization in that state, the average number of annual Hispanic arrests for marijuana in Denver increased by 98%, and the average number of arrests for African Americans has increased by 100.3%.

Marijuana legalization’s impact on making a more united people hasn’t made matters better for places like Denver, but only worse. This has proven to be the case in other areas such as Washington D.C. too.

The second point is to establish justice. Does pot contribute to the establishment of justice?

Researchers have established that long-term use of cannabis dulls the brain’s ability to recognize the need for action, properly acquire and assess information for problem-solving, identify the potential choices, calculate the pro and cons, select a plan of attack, act and then reflect on the outcome later. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume that cannabis use, which negatively impacts good judgment, could simultaneously contribute to the establishment of justice.

We already know that marijuana contributes to teens entering substance abuse treatment centers, high school dropouts, crime, ER visits, traffic accidents and fatalities, neurological pathology in youth, and losses in worker productivity. It’s safe to presume that with the legalization of marijuana nationally, all of these problems would increase. Where is the justice in exacerbating these current injustices?

The third point is to ensure domestic tranquility. Does pot contribute to ensuring domestic peace and composure?

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech