PRAYER ALERT on decriminalizing pot. The Belize National Assembly is now considering decriminalizing pot, specifically the possession of 10 grams or less. Ten grams is the equivalent of about ten marijuana cigarettes. If that doesn’t sound like much, consider what can happen with those 10 grams. Users even in their early teens often make marijuana 30% more potent. They do so by vaporizing the THC—marijuana’s active ingredient—and putting it in e-cigarettes. A single puff can deliver a knockout punch.
The Barrow Administration’s own National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) has warned of the dangers of increasing use of marijuana. Once youth try pot for the first time, almost half of them keep using it at least monthly. Four times as many boys as girls will be at high risk for abusing marijuana. What happens when they do?
In Effects of Cannabis, Wikipedia reports that marijuana intake impairs all aspects of short-term memory. It impairs driving skills. Such skills include hand-eye coordination, time and distance perception, reaction time, and decision-making. Long-term use “is harmful to the human endocrine and reproductive system.” Children of marijuana users “more frequently suffer from permanent cognitive deficits, concentration disorders, hyperactivity, and impaired social interactions.” Why unleash such a host of ills on the coming generations of Belizeans?
A recent Reporter editorial explained why. “Unfortunately for Belize, there are people and organizations which have a vested interest in marijuana as a commodity of commerce [my emphasis]. They will work and campaign for its general acceptance. Already gang members and their suppliers are investing enormous time and energy in their promotion of marijuana as acceptable recreation…” We must ask, is the current gang truce providing cover for making their criminal drug trafficking legal?
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is calling this legislation just the beginning of much more decriminalization in the future. “We are creeping before we walk. So it doesn’t go nearly as far as I am sure a lot of people will like.” But the more Belize legalizes drugs, the more Belize will suffer from addiction, memory loss, learning impairment, traffic accidents, and birth defects from marijuana alone. And from the far more serious effects of harder drugs. In other words, the more we legalize what is wrong, the less we will be able to do anything right.
PRAY WITH US. Father God, You are good all the time. You created everything to be good. But we have turned Your good into evil. We have perverted Your good creations into drugs and other concoctions. They have poisoned our minds and damaged our bodies. And now we want to call that good. By degrees we want to call it less criminal and more legal—a big lie. “They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion…” (2 Thess. 2:10-11).
Each drug-induced delusion leads to worse drugs and worse delusions. Lord, spare our nation from this insanity. Let Your truth expose the lies behind the decriminalization agenda. “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves to depravity. For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2 Pet. 2:19). Do not let drugs and drug lords be our masters. You alone are worthy to be Lord. You alone provide true pleasures at Your right hand forevermore. Let them taste and see that the Lord Jesus is good. Defeat this deceptive legislation. Deliver us from the evils of drug trafficking. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
DailyInsight. Addiction to Jesus will free you from other addictions (see John 8:31-32; Gal. 5:1).
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