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  • Will dampening states' rights snuff out marijuana use?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    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.

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    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' focus

    by By David Roach, posted Friday, August 25, 2017 (8 months ago) screen capture
    NIPTON, 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.

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 05, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    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 faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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