Without getting too theological, here are a few points that could hold sway in a legalization discussion with a Conservative Christian:
- Who was the first to say consuming Cannabis was sinful? God never said it in the Old Testament. Jesus never said it around AD 0. Harry J. Anslinger said it in the 1930s. Unless Harry J. Anslinger was a Christian prophet, which would seem blasphemous, there are no grounds on which consumption of the herb should be deemed a 'sin'.
- Cannabis is a natural, God-given herb that has been growing as long as we know. Humans have used it for over 6,000 years (5-10k depending on where you read) as food, fiber, and medicine--long before being named 'the devil's narcotic' and 'the assassin of youth' in the 1930s.
- The Reefer Madness campaign in the 1930s that put the smear on Marijuana has since been accepted to be choc-full of lies (self-admittedly so in 1951) and hateful racism driven by petrol & timber profits. Before then, most Americans had never heard of it, and there was no official stance on it being right or wrong. It was 'just another herb' which happened to appear in over 50% of the medicines of the time.
- It hasn't killed anyone. Period.
- Intoxication is deemed wrong, but small amounts of alcohol are not. Otherwise Jesus never would have turned water into wine. Marijuana induces mild euphoria and relaxation, but all mental faculties are in check and this shouldn't be deemed 'intoxication'. Somehow, though narcotic painkillers are MUCH more intoxicating, it is okay, because these things are dubbed 'medicines' by society.