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Peter Hitchens explaining the difference between alcohol prohibition, universally acknowledged as an abject failure, and marijuana and drug prohibition notes:

Alcohol had been legal for centuries, part of the culture of Christian civilization. You might as well try to make breathing illegal.

But cannabis, cocaine and heroin are alien to our world, and could be driven out by firm action.

Alien to our world? Guither’s response:

Right -- it's not like they just... grow in the ground or anything. They came in spaceships.

We need to be firm and tell the space aliens to load up their cannabis, cocaine and heroin and take it all back to planet Druggie.

God Made Pot

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Steve1776 - September 6, 2009 6:56 PM

The first recorded use of cannabis as medicine was in China in 2727BC.

America's first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law "ordering" all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. ...

Someone should tell Mr Hitchens about Google. It took 0.11 seconds for Google to find about 4,980,000 websites for the search term "first recorded mention of marijuana".

swafo - August 13, 2010 2:12 AM

Mr. Hitchens either doesn't know his Bible very well, or is remaining true to the form of most Ameri-Christian fundamentalists by ignoring the parts of their scriptures that aren't politically expedient.

Most Bibles declare on the first page of the first book, the third thing God said to his new human creations:

Genesis 1:29
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

So, God is basically telling 'man' to possess and use marijuana!! And whether you are an adherent or not, this means all federal marijuana laws are unconstitutional. Not because some stoner started his own religion that prioritizes cannabis rites and has very little to say about life, death or spirituality. These laws are opposed to the First Amendment which guarantees against prohibiting the free exercise of (among others) the two major religions of this nation.

Jamie, has anyone ever used this defense, and to what end?

swafo - August 13, 2010 3:33 AM

I didn't know who Peter Hitchens was, so I did some research. Surprise, he's British! After reading some of his ego-bio, I find I don't need to edit my previous post, here.

He talks about his "rebellious" stage, and I tend to agree that after a life of doing nothing but rebelling for the sake of rebellion against his bourgeois existence, he needed to find another way of thinking. I'm just glad he became a conservative prattle-brain, so he's touted among articles on Nicole Kidman's $10m apartment, Drew Barrymore's broken heart, and Princess Anne's testosterone level.

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