Pubdate: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
Source: Nashville Scene (TN)
Copyright: 2004 Nashville Scene.
Author: Rev. Steven B. Thompson


When it comes to medical cannabis ("Let 'Em Smoke," Dec. 2), there is
no need to ask, "What would Jesus do?" We already know.

Cannabis was not only known, it was widely used in biblical times.
Jesus would have been familiar with cannabis; it was used at the time
in healing unctions and temple incense and was fed to both man and
livestock. In fact, it is not outside the realm of possibility that
the Blessed Virgin Mary used it to ease the pains of childbirth. There
is a wealth of documentation attesting to the safety and efficacy of
this natural, healing herb stretching back over 5,000 years. It's
mentioned repeatedly in the Bible. Yet, nowhere does Jesus caution
against its use. Alcohol yes, cannabis no.

This Christmas, as we recall the visit of the Three Magi on that Holy
Night, we might also remember that aromatic cannabis was a common
ingredient in incense, along with frankincense and myrrh. It was good
enough to give as a gift to the infant Jesus, it's good enough for

Rev. Steven B. Thompson

Benzonia, Mich.
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