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Canada marijuana law calls for 'aggressive' church responseOTTAWA, Canada (BP) -- 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 (CNBC). "So the church is going to have to take a little more aggressive approach to developing a polemic against and an education against drug abuse."
A bill known as the Cannabis Act passed Canada's Senate June 19 by a 52-29 vote after passing at the House of Commons in November, according to media reports. Read More
Okla. medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- 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 newsjournal, said in a statement. "The culture in America is increasingly in favor of marijuana use, and this state question gives marijuana a dangerous foothold in the Sooner State. Christians need to redouble our efforts on ... Read More
Will dampening states' rights snuff out marijuana use?WASHINGTON (BP) -- 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.
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the tension between state and federal law has the potential to make 2018 "a hinge year" regarding not only legalized marijuana, but society's moral perception of marijuana use. Read More
Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in Calif.ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- 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.
"Whatever economic gains the legalization of marijuana will supposedly produce will be offset by the human toll on damaged relationships, loss of productivity in the workforce and the cost of expanded social programs to deal with the fallout of this bad social experiment," Iorg, leader of Southern Baptists' Ontario, Calif.-based seminary, told Baptist Press in written comments. "It's another step in the wrong ... Read More
Marijuana tourism site draws associations' focusNIPTON, Calif. (BP) -- 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.
This month, the cannabis company American Green Inc. announced it is purchasing the entire 80-acre town of Nipton, Calif., along the California-Nevada state line, some 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. American Green says it will develop Nipton into a "first-of-its-kind eco-tourism experience for conscious cannabis consumers," CNN reported. Read More
Legal marijuana sales open ministry door in Nev.RENO, Nev. (BP) -- 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. Rather, churches should "minister to them and reach out to them so that their dependency is not on a drug ... What they're lacking is hope in Jesus Christ." Read More
In marijuana-ripe region, church defends the faithREDWAY, 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'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. standNASHVILLE (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 ballotsWASHINGTON (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