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  • In marijuana-ripe region, church defends the faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (11 days ago)

    REDWAY, Calif. (BP) -- "At one time there were three very healthy churches in Redway and now we are the last church standing."

    Dave Seaford, pastor of First Baptist Church in the northern California town of 1,200, ventured to one of the nation's most fertile regions for growing marijuana, legally and illegally, in 2014.

    The small congregation -- some aging, others part-time workers -- felt a burden for Redway's secularity and "sacrificed to bring us here," said Seaford, former pastor of a North Carolina church founded by Norm Geisler, one of the leading experts in the field of apologetics. Seaford, likewise, is a seasoned defender of the Christian faith, with a reach of more than 2,500 Facebook friends. Read More

  • Church in marijuana mecca offers 'radical grace'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (11 days ago)

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    ARCATA, Calif. (BP) -- It's not just that new believers are baptized in the ocean or in a river by Sunny Brae Church in Arcata, Calif.

    "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. Read More

  • Marijuana legalization expands despite Ariz. stand

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 09, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Eight of the nine states with marijuana-related ballot measures Nov. 8 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. Read More

  • Marijuana legalization on 9 state ballots

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 04, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Nine states will vote Nov. 8 on marijuana legalization, reflecting its advocates' continued nationwide push at the ballot box.

    Voters in five states -- Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada -- will cast ballots on Election Day for or against initiatives that will legalize the recreational use of marijuana, or cannabis as it is sometimes known. Another four states -- Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota -- will vote on measures to legalize medical use of marijuana. Read More

  • Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 23, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nashville and surrounding Davidson County have joined a lengthy list of governments giving 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 passed Sept. 20 by the Nashville Metropolitan Council, law enforcement officials may choose whether to charge a person with a civil offense or a criminal misdemeanor for knowingly possessing a half-ounce of marijuana or less. Read More

  • Marijuana: DEA underscores lack of medical use

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 11, 2016 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Despite medical marijuana's legality in most states and the District of Columbia, the Obama administration announced today (Aug. 11) the drug will continue to be classified by the federal government as having "no currently approved medical use" and "a high potential for abuse."

    Kim Jones, a pharmacy professor at Union University, told Baptist Press the decision may appear "somewhat surprising" in light of American culture's increasing acceptance of marijuana use, but it is "not surprising" from a scientific standpoint. Read More

  • Pro-family voters score 'massive victory'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 04, 2015 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pro-family voters scored wins at the polls Nov. 3.

    Houston overturned a measure granting protected status to homosexuals and transgendered persons. Both Kentucky and Mississippi elected governors who are pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage, and Ohio defeated recreational marijuana. Read More

  • Colo. marijuana legalization taking a toll

    by Jim Burton, posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (one year ago)

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    PUEBLO, Colo. (BP) -- One Colorado "church" is pushing for its mountain town of 1,500 to become the nation's first "sanctuary" for "therapeutic and spiritual users of cannabis."

    Calling itself "Closer to the Heart Ministry," the so-called church in Nederland, Colo., celebrates cannabis -- the plant that produces marijuana -- as mankind's "tree of life." Read More

  • Marijuana legalization presses on amid concerns

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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.

    Despite such momentum, ethicists, federal agencies and even some mainstream media outlets are warning of serious consequences of further legalization of the mind-altering drug. Read More

  • Marijuana dangers can't be ignored, critics say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 19, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The growing support for legalizing marijuana among Americans and their lawmakers remains unwise but not unexpected, Southern Baptist ethicists say. Read More