God is good with ganja! That's the word according to the right Reverend John Jackson of Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary, IN, a passionate pastor who is part of a growing constituency of pro-cannabis clergy. Rev Jackson told the Tennessean that whenever one of his flock discloses guilt over smoking pot, the cleric responds: "The God we serve, I don't believe, is that small or petty to be concerned about you smoking weed. God does not care if you smoke weed."
Rev Jackson's words hold even more weight because he's an ex-Chicago cop who's seen the utter waste of the War on Drugs -- especially marijuana -- firsthand. But more than just offering lip service, Jackson and like-minded ministers actually convened earlier this month at the American Baptist Church in Nashville to unite in their opposition to this national tragedy. American Baptist College President Rev Forrest Harris told the Tennessean flat-out: "The War on Drugs is a moral injustice".
Rev Edwin Sanders of the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville articulated the two primary problems with prohibition: Drug use should be viewed as a health issue, not a crime; and the enforcement of drug laws is racially biased. In his home state of Tennessee, black men are four times as likely to be arrested as whites for pot possession.
The Nashville conference was co-sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, which publishes Bible studies based on The New Jim Crow, a book disparaging the racism fueling the Drug War.