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Thoughts of a Smoker: Is Marijuana Immoral?

Updated on June 22, 2012

The Question.

Note: This series of marijuana-related topics and discussions is created with the first and foremost priority of adhering to the rules of Hubpages.

Looking at the hilariously-real poster on the right, it's amusing in its McCarthy-like nature. But it seems, when discussing legalization, that morality is a factor, though not always directly evident. It can be seen as evil, as anything that would perhaps alter your consciousness might be a work of Satan, or immoral in another sense. So the question of the Hub: Is marijuana or the use of marijuana immoral for medicinal or recreational purposes?

The Discussion.

What I'd like to address are the potential factors to consider when asking if, to any extent, marijuana is immoral. When considering this question, things like the definition of morality and the kind of use of marijuana must be addressed. Is the general use of hemp immoral? Can a plant be immoral in its very existence? Is the use of marijuana immoral only in the use for the alteration of one's mind? Then again, it is illegal, so is breaking the law, in itself, immoral? Let's look at the different factors:

The Plant Itself

Some religious people claim that the existence of marijuana is inherently immoral, and that it's evil and corrupting; young kids may smoke it and start sinning like mad! Its very possession, let alone use, is immoral and if you walk by and see it growing somewhere, then you're obligated by God and everything that is good to destroy the hideous creation! That is a rather extreme view, but is held by some, regardless.

Its Use

Maybe if you use hemp as a rope, then you are free of moral wrongdoing. But what if you smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes? More than that, what if you smoke for recreation? Some claim that if you smoke to alleviate pain, then that is acceptable, but not in any other case. I ask, what about marijuana's nature makes its use acceptable for medicinal purposes, but not recreational? If someone morally smokes it to relieve back pain, are the effects felt besides the back relief a necessary evil, if it is the case recreational use is immoral?

Its Effects

What about the effects? Do the effects of the use effect the morality of its use? If you smoke for recreation and become dependent on the feeling and let it become essential for day-to-day life, what does that say about the morality, if anything? On the contrast, if you smoke and live a perfectly productive and happy life, does this mean that the recreational use was moral to begin?

Like anything, marijuana has the potential for dependency. So does chocolate, or gambling, or porn, or exercise. If the use of marijuana is immoral due to its addictive potential and possible outcome of paranoia or lethargy or the like, then is it moral if its use leads to solely positive effects like euphoria, relaxation, and general enlightenment?

Do you think marijuana is immoral?

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      jj 3 years ago

      I'm a Spirit Filled Christian and I believe MJ should be legal for everyone over 21. A lot safer than Alc0hol.

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      I concur. I am sick of people belittling me about my Christian beliefs, and I don't want to force, never had any desire to do so, of pushing my Christian beliefs down the throats of others.

      Jesus Never did. I want all of us to love each other. That is all I want.

      If you ever went to an Apostolic service Steve, you would see what I speak of...you would feel the "spirit." I haven't been to one in years, I live in the state of WA...too radical.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Firstly, I'm glad there's no contention, it seems, at the points I made about your points concerning the German/Holocaust business. I aim to enlighten, so if that's as far as I get, it's something!

      Please don't think that my one comment on those shows is the extent of my familiarity with Christianity. I was simply noting that even passionate, sincere displays can be imaginary, ie. a preacher curing the ill, people being filled with a spirit of any nature, those sorts of things. Dropping to the floor is not inherently uneducated, doing so believing you are prompted by the supernatural to do so, I'm afraid, is.

      If there was a holy spirit, I would want to know about it. I don't hold my current opinions about Christianity because I simply want to deny, but because I understand the susceptibility of human beings when it comes to fantasy. I don't doubt the people who fall to the ground often times believe they are filled with a spirit, I do doubt that they actually are.

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      Don't view preachers on late night TV. First mistake.

      GO to a real church.

      Dropping to a floor is not uneducated...IT'S CALLED FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST.

      See, you put your impressionable human mind onto that one. Not that it matters, you will never understand, unless you actually ATTEND a service. I speak not of watching on TV, but being there !!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Anyone who has studied religion to a certain extent knows that placebos can be powerful things and the human mind is very impressionable. Which is to say, no supernatural events have ever occurred that we can prove or that have been documented.

      "You could feel god in there." is not evidence, or any form of valid support, of anything. I see preachers, all the time, on late-night tv cure people of their illnesses through "the power of the Lord," over and over again. It's still BS. Style of living? I do know that "style of living," it's one of delusions and has impeded man since the start.

      All that set to the side, even your analogy is fallacious (not to mention, not an analogy). To say that all Germans are responsible for the Holocaust is not on par with, "Some religious people claim that the existence of marijuana is inherently immoral, and that it's evil and corrupting." The former is incorrect, the latter is correct.

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      When I stated that people dropped to the floor, these people live very well, in 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom brick homes... with chandeliers, not trailers. And believe it or not, they were discriminated against in the 70s and 80s, early 90s. They are a very spriritual people in church, I loved attending their sermons. YOU COULD FEEL GOD IN THERE.

      You do not know what style of living I speak off. See, you never will.

      Are you of German origin/ethnicity? If so, You Are responsible for the holocaust/The Final Solution.

      How do you like that!??

      To lump all Germans into one category is not correct, is it? To lump all Christians into one category is not correct either!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      First off, dropping to the floor in the scenario you've described is a bit more uneducated than claiming marijuana is evil, though not by much. So, religiously inspired views and actions aren't really surprising concerning their outlandish and absurd nature. Do you think that no religious person has called marijuana evil?

      The film "Reefer Madness" was funded by a worried church group who originally entitled it, "Tell Your Children," as an attempt of scaring the kids of out smoking. To further answer your question of "Who said that ??," I'd recommend Googling "marijuana" with any combination of "Satan," "evil," "sin." Anything like that. I doubt that the revivals you've attended express everything all Christians have claimed in all of time.

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      ""Some religious people claim that the existence of marijuana is inherently immoral, and that it's evil and corrupting..""

      Who said that ?? I have been to revivals where people prayed, sang and dropped to the floor after receiving the holy ghost, and not one time was the SIN of marijuana brought up! Not one time.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      An interesting perspective that I would have to agree with, to a certain extent. Thanks for the thoughts!

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      Lisa Williams 5 years ago

      I do not believe a person that uses it for medical purposes is "more right." I mean if you truly think about it the reasons most people use it can be considered somewhat medicinal. If some one uses it to relax, as many people do, then that is in affect a medicinal purpose. If a person uses it to focus or get moving, that could in affect be medicinal. I mean doctors prescribe thousands of hard core prescription drugs every year to relieve tension or help people focus. I have a very skewed view on life; however, I personally would rather use something natural than pharmaceutical.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks for reading, commenting, and rating, Lisa! Your comment brings up a perhaps even more interesting discussion: Is a person who uses it for medical purposes "more right" than someone who uses it for recreation? Some people think so, but i support medical marijuana because it is a step in the right direction. I don't think that the law should make a distinction between medicinal and recreational users, but if that's what it takes for progress, so be it.

      I agree that marijuana doesn't really cause violence, in most, f not all, cases. I say that in its affects on the human body, not in that someone won't harm another in pursuit of profits, as they do.

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      Lisa Williams 5 years ago

      I believe that morality is all about intent. How can a plant have intent? A person who smokes marijuana can be immoral but it is not due to marijuana. Everybody I know who smokes Marijuana does not smoke it to hurt themselves or others. They do it to relax, stop pain, or "get their minds right." Therefore, there is no risk of being immoral. Marijuana does not make people violent, it usually has quite the opposite affect. I really enjoyed this Hub, thanks for posting...voted up!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Just added the second post in the series, dealing with addiction and marijuana. Check it out in the useful Hubs section above!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @Ghost32

      While I agree with the point in the War on Drugs, I'd like to point out no one has died from OD on pot. That would not be true with other "natural" drugs, though.

      I would also like to see some sort of evidence of 1. A human spiritual aura, and 2. A changed aura from marijuana smoking.

      I can't comment on supernatural concepts of interest to many people, but I can attest that, from my own use, negative forces are not a problem. Then again, an array of effects may be possible with the different types of marijuana and their use, so negative feelings are quite possible, like any other drug.

      Thanks for the comment and sharing your concerns!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      I'm not a smoker but don't see morality as a central issue when it comes to marijuana. I DO see two key things, though:

      1. The War on Drugs might as well have been more honestly labeled the Wor to Promote Crime. Personally, I'd like to see at least the natural drugs decriminalized. Then, if folks found ways to kill themselves through overuse, at least we'd be culling the herd to produce a more successful average homo sapiens.

      2. There is one problem with cannabis, at least for those who've seen Kirlian photography studies. In one such, the aura around a human's hand was photographed. Before smoking, it was a more or less even blue, something like a well adjusted Bunsen burner flame. After smoking, it was erratic, big holes in it in places, irritable-looking reddish flames in others.

      Seemed likely negative forces could slip right through the holes in the aura of the smoker like so many gamma rays popping through holes in the ozone layer.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @Daughter of Maat

      My point in asking the question, indeed. How can a plant be immoral? And I also agree with you on the benefits of cannabis, though, to me, what's more than denying some people a pain free life is denying society this avenue of mental and, dare I say, spiritual exploration.

      Unfortunately, greed started this situation, ignorance maintains it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      It's not immoral, how can a plant be immoral? I honestly don't see how we can even make a plant, something that grows on earth naturally and for millions of years, can be made illegal. Mother nature doesn't recognize our laws, it's really nonsense.

      Cannabis has so many health benefits to so many people who suffer from chronic pain. We're denying these people a pain-free life simply because some jerk wanted to make paper out of trees instead of hemp.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @poet83

      I understand, and would have to agree, mostly.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      yes there is certainly such a thing as morality , just not so much in this particular case

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @poet83

      So, there is no such thing as morality? I think that morality exists, but I don't think an example of something immoral is smoking marijuana, I think you'd agree.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      I don't feel that it's immoral at all. Like texshelters said, that word is used to influence society. Surely it can be harmful, but less harmful than alcohol and other drugs.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @texshelters

      Well, if it is harmful to some, is it immoral in those cases? Isn't doing something that leads to self-harm or to neglect to family etc, immoral? Is the use of beer immoral when someone is struck by a car, or when a teen dies of alcohol poisoning?

      Certainly an interesting concept, when morality relates to substances and whether or not their application has an effect on said morality. Thanks for the comment!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      @livelonger

      Indeed, there are many valid points to be made concerning the legal classification of marijuana compared to similar or even worse substances. I do find it strange, even after taking a college course about our political system, that states can approve something that is so blatantly opposed federally. And enforcement is sporadic and arbitrary, in many cases. Why see one dispensary raided when the one a few blocks away is not? Not much method in the widespread madness, it seems to this smoker! Thanks for the comment!

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      texshelters 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      No. People use the term "immoral" to control the masses. MJ is harmful for some, but mostly its just like a beer, a part time diversion.

      PTxS

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      A timely topic, considering Colorado might be the first state to legalize (non-medical) marijuana, although a SCOTUS decision from about 6-7 years ago said that federal laws on drugs trump state ones, so we're still stuck in some sort of limbo. A pity, too, since marijuana is not deadly like alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and many other legally abused substances.