August 11, 2016, the Miner had a story that legalizing marijuana in Arizona may be on the November ballot. An added 15% tax would go mainly to schools. How weird is that?
A great tragedy springs from the role in human history played by fruits and plants in our lives. When God created Adam and Eve, he gave them dominion over animals, birds, reptiles, fruit trees, seed bearing plants. We were to cultivate them and use them to feed people and livestock and to provide medicine, fragrances and certain types of shelter.
Seemed like a perfect plan and actually it was but over the years, the roles have become reversed. Instead of master of the vegetable kingdom, us humans, made in the image of God are now slaves of the products of fruit, plants and vegetables. This is an unnatural bondage which Christ can set us free from.
Pat Robertson of the CBN network, crunching the numbers, has estimated just in the U. S. alone, it is estimated 16 million Americans are slaves to fermented corn, barley, hops and grapes. Another three million are slaves to a powder taken from the coca plant. Six hundred thousand Americans are enslaved to crushed and distilled seeds of the opium poppy. Then there's slavery to fermented juices of apples, peaches and apricots.
At least fifteen million are slaves to the cannabis plant seed; marijuana or Mary Jane. And if you don't think marijuana is a crippling addiction, you have no clue. I have lived my entire life with addicts of one form or another not only near me but nearly destroying my life, whether a drinking family member or a drinker driving, leaving my one son in a four month coma and months of rehab to walk and talk again.
One day, staring at my Pall Mall cigarette of which I inhaled 40-60 a day, interspersed with coughing my lungs up, it occurred to me I was letting some tobacco leaves rule my life. I am a human with a brain letting leaves tell me what to do I considered. Even at 3AM when I would hastily dress to hit the all night Minute Market if I ran out. And marijuana is even stronger and it does do damage. To say it
doesn't is to simply evade the truth. That was the beginning of the end of my smoking 33 years ago.
If it happens, we must vote this down and pray it sticks. All too often, liberal judges step in and take the wishes of “We, the people” away, (undoubtedly illegally) such as when our Governor Jan Brewer signed the measure to block funding to Planned Parenthood clinics (May 2012) because they are the #1 abortion provider in America and they do co-mingle funds..
U. S. District Judge Neil Wake stepped in and over ruled it saying it violated the freedom of choice provision of Medicaid act. What?? The very right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is snuffed out every time a little human life is aborted. These judges interferring with the preference of citizen voters is happening all across America.