Discussion: If WEED were legal….

As a youth pastor, I already know that students view weed differently than I do (I’m 31). So, here is the question:

If marijuana were made legal, what position would you take? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts below…

 

8 Comments

  1. I'm Dutch and in The Netherlands, weed is legal. You can buy it legally at certain weed shops and you're allowed to carry a certain amount of grams. So yes, young people do smoke weed...a lot. I've come to recognize the somewhat sweet smell of pot, it always makes me kinda nauseous. But even in liberal Holland, people are seeing more and more of the effects of prolonged weed use. It affects your memory, your senses and yes, it is addictive. So making weed legal doesn't solve anything, the stuff is still extremely bad for you. I think educating kids and parents more about the dangers of pot is important, people way too often see it as an innocent soft drug, when it's really not.
    • Rachel, I was wanting to ask someone yesterday we were talking to about this but didn't because its not actually legal where they are, I thought it was. But how do you approach it in Youth Ministry? If you know its bad and wrong, but its legal for students to do, how does that effect your approach?
      • We've taken the same position as we have with alcohol, which is also legal from 16 (beer and wine, spirits from 18 - though they are actually discussing changing the law and making all alcohol legal from 18) in Holland: talk about it and educate on the dangers. We've run a very strong, Christian prevention program for teens focused on making good choices in general and that has been effective. And personally, I have discussed smoking pot at several occasions with young people that did it, just wanted to talk to them about it. They are very unaware of the dangers and risks of weed unfortunately...
  2. I'm Dutch and in The Netherlands, weed is legal. You can buy it legally at certain weed shops and you're allowed to carry a certain amount of grams. So yes, young people do smoke weed...a lot. I've come to recognize the somewhat sweet smell of pot, it always makes me kinda nauseous. But even in liberal Holland, people are seeing more and more of the effects of prolonged weed use. It affects your memory, your senses and yes, it is addictive. So making weed legal doesn't solve anything, the stuff is still extremely bad for you. I think educating kids and parents more about the dangers of pot is important, people way too often see it as an innocent soft drug, when it's really not.
    • Rachel, I was wanting to ask someone yesterday we were talking to about this but didn't because its not actually legal where they are, I thought it was. But how do you approach it in Youth Ministry? If you know its bad and wrong, but its legal for students to do, how does that effect your approach?
      • We've taken the same position as we have with alcohol, which is also legal from 16 (beer and wine, spirits from 18 - though they are actually discussing changing the law and making all alcohol legal from 18) in Holland: talk about it and educate on the dangers. We've run a very strong, Christian prevention program for teens focused on making good choices in general and that has been effective. And personally, I have discussed smoking pot at several occasions with young people that did it, just wanted to talk to them about it. They are very unaware of the dangers and risks of weed unfortunately...

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