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  • Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

    September 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

    Since adopting what may be America’s most permissive medical marijuana law, Oklahoma has seen pushback by medical experts and other citizens against potential misuse of the drug. State Question 788 was adopted by Oklahoma voters June 26 to legalize medical marijuana, but the ballot measure did not provide detailed instructions on ...

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  • Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    July 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

    Canada’s nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a “more aggressive approach” to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use. “Everyone is going to be exposed to” legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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  • Oklahoma medical marijuana law a ‘dangerous foothold’

    July 3 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma medical marijuana law a ‘dangerous foothold’

    Oklahoma’s adoption of what may be the nation’s most permissive medical marijuana law has left some evangelicals concerned the drug could gain an increased hold on the state. “The approval of so-called medical marijuana is disappointing but not shocking,” Brian Hobbs, editor of Oklahoma’s Baptist Messenger news journal, said in a statement.

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  • Will dampening states’ rights snuff out marijuana use?

    January 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Will dampening states’ rights snuff out marijuana use?

    It remains unclear whether U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reversal of rules that had enabled states to legalize marijuana will fan or extinguish cannabis flames spreading across the U.S. The tension between state and federal law has the potential to make 2018 “a hinge year” regarding society’s moral perception of marijuana use.

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  • Marijuana’s ‘human toll’ anticipated in California

    January 3 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Marijuana’s ‘human toll’ anticipated in California

    As legal recreational marijuana sales began in California Jan. 1, Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg bemoaned the increased “human toll” the drug is likely to have on America’s most populous state. “It’s another step in the wrong direction for a culture bent on self-medication as a solution to personal struggles,” Iorg said.

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  • Marijuana tourism site draws associations’ focus

    August 28 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Marijuana tourism site draws associations’ focus

    A cannabis company’s plan to turn a Southern California town into a marijuana-focused tourism destination has prompted two local Baptist associations to make it a destination for missions too. The cannabis company American Green Inc. announced it is purchasing the entire 80-acre town of Nipton, Calif., along the California-Nevada state line.

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  • Legal marijuana sales open ministry door in Nevada

    July 6 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Legal marijuana sales open ministry door in Nevada

    The start of legal recreational marijuana sales in Nevada, Baptist leaders in the state say, has provided churches with another ministry opportunity. “I don’t want churches to get [self-righteous] about condemning those” who purchase marijuana legally, said Kevin White, executive director of the Nevada Baptist Convention and an opponent of marijuana legalization.

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  • Church in marijuana mecca offers ‘radical grace’

    March 17 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church in marijuana mecca offers ‘radical grace’

    “These are radical professions of faith from people who are coming from a very different place,” Derk Schulze said of the 200 people he has baptized during 21 years as a pastor in one of the nation’s top marijuana growing regions. Baptism, he said, “is really a public profession of faith, a testimony of what God has done in your life.”

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  • Pediatricians warn parents: Pot is not benign

    March 10 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Pediatricians warn parents: Pot is not benign

    America’s largest association of pediatricians is pushing back against a growing perception that marijuana is safe for teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report in the journal Pediatrics warning that nationwide marijuana legalization efforts have led to more access, stronger drugs, and lower perceived risks.

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  • Marijuana legalization expands despite Arizona’s stand

    November 10 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Marijuana legalization expands despite Arizona’s stand

    Eight of the nine states with marijuana-related ballot measures expanded legalization of the drug. Of the five states to consider recreational marijuana legalization for adults, only Arizona rejected it. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted in favor of legalization. All four states to consider medical marijuana voted either to legalize or expand its use.

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  • Marijuana legalization on 9 state ballots

    November 7 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Marijuana legalization on 9 state ballots

    Nine states will vote on marijuana legalization, reflecting its advocates’ continued nationwide push at the ballot box. The latest decisions will be made at the close of a 20-year stretch in which 25 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

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  • Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    September 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    Nashville has given law enforcement officials the option of issuing civil citations to persons possessing small amounts of marijuana. Marijuana possession and use in the city and county are still considered crimes. But under the new measure, law enforcement officials may choose whether to charge a person with a civil offense or a criminal misdemeanor.

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  • Legal pot is sowing seeds of illegal growing in Colorado

    June 8 2016 by Margaret Tazioli, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Legal pot is sowing seeds of illegal growing in Colorado

    Four years after Colorado legalized the use and sale of marijuana, at least one critic is saying, we told you so. In Colorado, anyone over the age of 21 can grow up to six marijuana plants in an “enclosed, locked space.” But pot growers with bigger ambitions are flocking to the state.

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  • Marijuana legalization presses on amid concerns

    August 19 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Marijuana legalization presses on amid concerns

    Marijuana legalization advocates continue to gain ground as nearly half of all states have decriminalized marijuana possession at least for medical purposes and a majority of Americans reportedly have told pollsters marijuana should be legal. Barrett Duke, a Southern Baptist public policy specialist, said it is troubling ...

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  • Marijuana dangers can’t be ignored, critic says

    March 20 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 2 comments
    Marijuana dangers can’t be ignored, critic says

    The growing support for legalizing marijuana among Americans and their lawmakers remains unwise but not unexpected, Southern Baptist ethicists say. Marijuana’s inroads have been demonstrated already in March by a new public opinion poll that shows for the first time a majority in the United States favors legalization of the drug.

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