^ ozgeorge, I agree with the above post totally; I know and I respect your role here. When I posted the link to NAMI, I ended that post by saying marijuana use was a sin even though I didn't justify why using marijuana was a sin. The link to NAMI was meant to show how mentally ill people self-medicated with "street drugs" when people were posting stuff saying the reverse ... using "street drugs" caused mental illness. If anything, I tried to educate and inform.
In PtA's response, I felt he ignored me and we had miscommunication. I was afraid of moderation (e.g. Because I labeled marijuana as a drug; therefore, prove it or get a colored dot) and the strong reply. I jumped the gun and I'm sorry.
If I have been deemed too "dumb" for this forum, I can always make Prayer requests, post Random stuff or engage in Political discussion.
Firstly, you're not dumb.
Secondly, unless a moderator is posting in green font
, they are not acting as a moderator, but as another poster, just like you.
Well, let me offer a counterexample to get you all thinking. The voters of the state of Oregon recently passed a law to permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes (e.g., management of the pain caused by cancer, Crohn's Disease, glaucoma, etc.). Granted, the user must have a prescription from a licensed physician to smoke marijuana for such a purpose. Is this proper within the light of the Orthodox perspective Ozgeorge attempted to explain above?
Now, let's examine this question of the morality of Cannabis use a bit further. As you can see, I agree with the notion that Cannabis intoxication "misses the mark" as far as nepsis goes. However, what about it's medical use? We actually use quite a few medications which reduce nepsis, especially in Palliative Care (treatments whose aim is symptom control rather than curative, eg in the end stages of terminal illnesses). For example, is it a sin to use Morphine to control the pain of end stage cancer because Morphine produces a state opposite to nepsis
? Clearly, context is what is important here. Someone who doesn't need morphine, but is using it to produce intoxication is sinning, but someone who needs morphine prescribed to control pain is not sinning. It is the agent, not the act, which determines the morality of the act. Similarly, THC is actually a powerful anti-nauseant. Many people on chemotherapy, radiotherapy and anti-retrovirals experience intractable nausea and vomiting which even powerful anti-nauseants (such as Ondansetron) are unable to control, however, Cannabis is able to control it, and I have actually heard doctors recommending it to patients. So Cannabis also has medical uses. But, in many countries and states, it's use is illegal, so what do we do? Is it a sin to use it medicinally because in doing so we are disobeying Civil Authorities, or, as Christians, should we disobey a law in cases where to obey it causes the increased suffering of terminally ill patients?
So while I think Cannabis intoxication "for the hell of it" is sinful, I don't think we can absolve ourselves of the responsibility of examining it's medical uses. Even Cocaine has medical uses (it is used to stop bleeding during nasal surgery).