He said that was a different matter entirely from cannabis, but I disagreed.
When my mom caught me smoking pot in high school she yelled at me. The next weekend she caught me again. Admittedly I didn’t try very hard to be secretive, because I really didn’t care what she thought. I got another lecture, but it didn’t do anything to convince me not to get stoned. No matter how upset she was, my Mom could never give me a decent reason why I shouldn’t get high. After a while she gave up and called her older brother, who was a preacher at the church, to have a talk with him. Like mom, my Uncle Luke was strongly against recreational cannabis use, although he couldn’t give me a good reason why that was. There is nothing in the Bible about cannabis being sinful. I would wager a guess that if the Garden of Eden ever existed, there were a lot of cannabis plants there. Luke did point out a passage in the Bible about how we needed to follow the law of the land, and that included cannabis laws. I asked Luke if that was true when “the law of the land” was against interracial marriages. He said that was a different matter entirely from cannabis, but I disagreed. Uncle Luke and I had a very long conversation, but it didn’t go as planned. Instead of convincing me that cannabis was sinful, I think I convinced him that it wasn’t sinful! I don’t believe that Luke started smoking marijuana after that, but I do feel that I managed to plant a seed of doubt in his mind. Mom was not thrilled about it, either.