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I’m a Christian and I want to end the drug war

In the fall of 2013, an Iowa man named Benton Mackenzie had a run-in with the police. He was arrested and jailed for 42 days, and police also charged his wife, son, and a family friend. His father, an army veteran, and his mother, who has been in the same weekly prayer meeting for four decades, were charged too—simply for living in the same house as Benton.

What crime were all these deviants accused of? Growing and using marijuana.

You see, Benton was dying from cancer. His doctors confirmed that there was nothing they could do to help him and what time he had left was marked by constant pain. The particular type of cancer he had was angiosarcoma, which can cause painful tumors that erupt as lesions on the skin.

It turns out that cannabis oil was the one medicine which brought Benton any relief, but marijuana use—even for medical purposes—is strictly illegal in Iowa.

He was only released from jail when the state got worried about being stuck with his medical bills!

Said Benton’s 71-year-old mom, who was charged as a felon, “My husband and I have been accused of running a drug house, because we allowed him to live [with us] and treat his cancer.”

Is this how we treat cancer patients in the land of the free?

Is this what it looks like to wage the war on drugs?

And if it is, is that really a war we want to keep fighting?

For many Christians—me, in the past, included—continuing the drug war was always a no-brainer. Drugs are bad, so they should be illegal, right?

Not so fast. Read more

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. April 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    If they would quit showing people on the media sitting around smoking it & start showing them laying in bed using the oil, reality would sit in two months later when they are no lomger in bed.

  2. Arthur Mayer
    April 23, 2014 at 5:24 am

    I two am a Christian and want to end the war on drugs. The war on drugs from the beginning has been based on lies, misinformation and deception. It has been planted in a fertile bed of injustice, destruction of life and the cruelest of mean spirited governmental policies. The fruit is rotten and the tree needs to be chopped down and burnt to ashes. The sooner the better.