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Thirty states and the District of Columbia have laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. Eight states and the District of Columbia have adopted the most expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
A poll by Gallup, released earlier this month, found nearly two-thirds of Americans say that smoking marijuana is “morally acceptable,” while 31 percent disapprove of pot on moral grounds.
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That’s a sharp increase from a similar study by the Public Religion Research Institute five years ago that found fewer than half of Americans thought it was morally acceptable to smoke marijuana.
According to Gallup, Americans now rate marijuana use similarly to gay and **** relations, stem cell research and having a baby outside marriage. It’s seen as significantly more acceptable than medical testing on animals, abortion and pornography. But it’s viewed as less acceptable than alcohol use.
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The results were dramatically different among weekly churchgoers, according to Gallup, as the moral acceptance of marijuana use dropped sharply to 41 percent.
Likewise, many evangelical leaders have concerns about marijuana use. Trent Hunter, writing for Desiring God, urged Christians to consider five questions before partaking of cannabis:
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Is It Legal? Romans 13 is used as a directive to Christians to be honorable and obedient citizens even though laws vary by state and might contradict federal law.
What Will It Do to Me? 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 tells us our bodies were made for God’s glory, and they were bought with a price. For this reason, as with anything we consume, we should want to know what it will do to us. Hunter also points out that “marijuana and alcohol are alike in that they lead to intoxication. But marijuana is unlike alcohol in important ways. Intoxication with marijuana happens quickly, in one to four puffs, and it is highly addictive when compared with alcohol.”
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