Religious Groups Back Medical Marijuana

The Washington Post today reports on the many religious demoninations suppporting the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The United Methodist Church, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Episcopal Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ have made statements supporting the controlled use of marijuana for medical reasons.

"According to our tradition, a physician is obligated to heal the sick," begins a resolution adopted in November by the Union for Reform Judaism. The statement acknowledges the medical use of marijuana as a 5,000-year-old tradition and encourages the federal government to change marijuana's status from a prohibited substance to a prescription drug.

The Bush Administration, the Justice Department and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy remain adamantly opposed. Your vote in November could make a difference on this issue, as John Kerry has a far more progressive view on the issue.

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