Can a Good Mormon use Marijuana?

OK Peeps!  New question asked anonymously!!!!!  I love getting questions.  Another one about Mormons!  Huzzah!

The Mormon missionary discussions from yesteryear said that Mormons are to avoid “coffee, tea, alcohol, and harmful drugs.” Marijuana is, according to some experts, not harmful. It is also (supposedly) not addictive. California may soon allow all residents to use marijuana for personal use. Can a good Mormon use marijuana?

Well, on one hand, Mormons have a long history of entirely ignoring experts and so-called “facts,” so probably not.

On the other hand:

Doctrine & Covenants 89:10-11

10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

So, take your pick.  My guess is that you will probably have to make a decision between following the future President of the Church, or the Scriptures.

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5 comments to Can a Good Mormon use Marijuana?

  • Anonymous

    Well, hold on a second, according to your reasoning, tobacco is also included under "wholesome" herbs???

  • @Anonymous – Not necessarily. I don't know how to define "wholesome" any better than anyone else. The difference is that verse 8 gives direction related specifically to tobacco. No direction is given in the scriptures relating specifically to marijuana.

    It is entirely possible that if marijuana were legalized, the church would strongly suggest that it was "not wholesome."

    However, having to decide between following the scriptures and following the modern prophet would be nothing new. The church currently has several policies in place that are in direct contradiction to the scriptures. For example, verses 5 and 6 direct us to use wine for partaking of the sacrament (or it at least permits it), and verse 17 endorses mild barley drinks.

  • It seems that tobacco being highly addictive and harmful to your health (ie. cancer causing) would not be endorsed by God in the "Law of Health." Also I would not consider pot smoking under "wholesome" as it kills brain cells, makes you crave junk food (also not endorsed in the law of health), paranoid, and often increases the likely hood that a person will make really really stupid decisions. Plus it makes your breath and clothes stink and who wants that?

    Ok Reuben that is my not so anonymous question to you… Who would want to be stinky?

  • @Tacy – well not me, that's for sure. The assumption given in the question is that marijuana is neither harmful nor addictive. If either of those conditions are not the case, then it is doubtful one would conclude it was "wholesome."

  • If you are going to allow wholesome herbs, then I think you should allow "mild barley drinks." I hear the farmers in Idaho Falls are growing a lot of barley for Budweiser.