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A 420 Easter

This is, of course, a special day.  That is true whether you are celebrating the resurrection of humanity’s Savior a couple thousand years ago, or enjoing a plant that humanity has celebrated for a couple thousand years. Or both.  Can it really be a coincidence that Easter falls on 4/20 in the year that Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay all legalized cannabis?

These two things have more in common than one might think. After all, the existential epiphanies one encounters through a religious experience are not dissimilar to the existential epiphanies that can be enjoyed through the properties of cannabis, and both can help induce a state of both excitement and peace.

Of course, over the years, many humans who represent organized religion have tried to claim that being a good Christian is incompatible with drug use. And yet… Jesus drank wine.

As a kid, raised in the church, the son of a preacher who believed even ocassional use of alcohol was a sin, I asked about the fact that Jesus turned water into wine. I was told something to the effect that most water at that time was dangerous to drink due to contamination, so wine was necessary and safer, while today, we have modern purification processes and don’t need to drink wine. A gullible kid, I accepted that, until later in life, when I asked “Hey, wait a second. Couldn’t Jesus have turned water into clean water? Certainly he was as powerful as Brita!  No, he must have chosen wine for a reason.”  Even at his last supper, Christ drank wine with his apostles. Drug use was an important part of sharing and coming together as friends.

(On a side note, I think it’s also telling that Christ was extremely harsh on those who abused the financial system for their own self-interest, while he was much more likely to be friends with, and providing help to, the fringes of society — the exact opposite of our judiciary today.)

Throughout history, mild drug use has served to bring people together, to foster friendships, to stimulate creativity and dialogue, and to celebrate peaceful coexistence. These things are clearly not at all incompatible with being a good Christian.

Yes, there are those who abuse drugs, just as there are those who abuse religion. Both can have the power to be extremely dangerous when misused, and it makes sense that we don’t want the irresponsible ones to harm others. However, we should never condemn all those who use drugs because of the self-destructive behavior of a few, any more than we should condemn all those who believe in Christ because of the bigoted and violently hateful actions of some who proclaim themselves to be Christians.

Have a euphoric and safe Easter this 4/20.

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15 comments to A 420 Easter

  • Jeff Trigg

    Nice misuse analogy. You have one too, Pete.

    Reminds me of the first time I ever got drunk. On wine coolers. At church camp. Of course my first alcohol ever was the communion wine after confirmation in 8th grade.

    The bible is full of contradictions, but I still don’t see where it says the Christian thing to do is lock up people who use cannabis and deny people with a medical need from using it to help ease their pain and suffering.

  • pete bulkner

    Fuvk you commie basterds. Disrespectful to my lord and savior. It says right so in bible. Man shall not indulge in sinful pleasures. Marijuana was created by the nigger devil.therefor a sinful pleasure that needs to be eradicated like the Muslims & Jews & liberal Democrats naztis that think America is for everyone. This is the great promise land of Jesus for he has risen,take back America with Christian force. uphold DEA rule of law.

    • Paul McClancy

      If you’re going to be an effective troll at least use actual arguments here on the couch. For example, you could mention that Portugal decriminalization efforts are flawed because Portugal didn’t track drug stats prior to its decriminalization so there’s no real way to assess it’s success, but lifetime use has increased for certain, and it’s overall drug problems rage on. You could also try and say that many towns including Amsterdam are closing some or even all drug coffee shops in what amounts to a failed experiment, and a Dutch government report in 2011 recommended reclassifying pot as a “hard” drug to increase restrictions.

      Of course, the arguments above are bullsh*t, but that’s the point of being a troll.

    • Frank W

      “Ye sleeping buds, break
      Open your green cerements, and wake
      To fragrant blossoming for His sweet sake”
      Happy Easter, Peter.

    • NorCalNative

      Your biblical mythology and propaganda are highly entertaining. Please feel free to comment on this site anytime.

      You’re too fucking funny to tell to get lost.

  • Paul McClancy

    You’d be surprised at the amount of historical revisionism religious leaders use to uphold abstinence. My favorite lie has to do with the wedding guests of Cana, who supposedly didn’t get “buzzed” while drinking the good wine. It never ceases to amaze me how the cultural defense of alcohol persists to this day. My theory is that since alcohol doubles as a beverage (an aspect that beer and wine snobs focus WAY too much on) and has septic properties, these characteristics provided an advantage to society over other drugs like psilocybin.

    As usual, great post Pete! Happy Easter and 4/20!

    • allan

      speaking of the little people w/ funny hats… my last visit (5g dose) I was amazed at how clear thinking and conversation was while being absolutely geshtoneden. I could have talked to anybody (tho’ certainly preferred not to). There is no there in there being any similarity w/ alcohol. As I grow older I like my shrooms more and my booze less. In fact they’re more like easter than like booze!

  • CJ

    at this 420 i would like to say thank the lord of the poppy for my friends here at drugwarrant. i thank you for fighting for us folks who dont have the ability to stand up for ourselves etc. i will embrace what pete said about having a euphoric 420 as several bags of glorious heroin are about to arrive to my person. i will think of you all as i ascend the miracle milky way if you will. i look forward to the day when i can visit you all at your respective legal 420 stores, speaking about cross promoting for the legal opium den i will be running. the future will be glorious because we cannot lose, our cause is unbeatable because freedom is unbeatable.

  • Servetus

    The following excerpt is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia under the heading “Alter Wine”. Alter wine is kickass. Note that the Holy Roman Church takes strong exception to anyone watering down their booze:

    Wine is one of the two elements absolutely necessary for the sacrifice of the Eucharist. For valid and licit consecration vinum de vite, i.e. the pure juice of the grape naturally and properly fermented, is to be used. Wine made out of raisins, provided that from its colour and taste it may be judged to be pure, may be used (Collect. S. C. de Prop. Fide, n. 705). It may be white or red, weak or strong, sweet or dry. Since the validity of the Holy Sacrifice, and the lawfulness of its celebration, require absolutely genuine wine, it becomes the serious obligation of the celebrant to procure only pure wines. And since wines are frequently so adulterated as to escape minute chemical analysis, it may be taken for granted that the safest way of procuring pure wine is to buy it not at second hand, but directly from a manufacturer who understands and conscientiously respects the great responsibility involved in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice. If the wine is changed into vinegar, or is become putrid or corrupted, if it was pressed from grapes that were not fully ripe, or if it is mixed with such a quantity of water that it can hardly be called wine, its use is forbidden (Missale Rom., De Defectibus, tit. iv, 1). If the wine begins to turn into vinegar, or to become putrid, or if the unfermented juice is pressed from the grape, it would be a grievous offence to use it, but it is considered valid matter (ibid., 2). To conserve weak and feeble wines, and in order to keep them from souring or spoiling during transportation, a small quantity of spirits of wine (grape brandy or alcohol) may be added, provided the following conditions are observed (1) The added spirit (alcohol) must have been distilled from the grape ( ex genimime vitis ); (2) the quantity of alcohol added, together with that which the wine contained naturally after fermentation, must not exceed eighteen per cent of the whole; (3) the addition must be made during the process of fermentation (S. Romana et Univ. Inquis., 5 August, 1896).

  • Francis

    And yet… Jesus drank wine.

    Don’t sugarcoat it, Pete. He also manufactured and distributed the drug. At a wedding, no less — an event that I was always taught was supposed to be sacred. (And I’d also just note, an event at which children are frequently in attendance.) And what did he make the wine in? Properly-labeled, child-proof containers? Nope. He made it in jars used for holding water. Gosh, that doesn’t sound like a recipe for accidental poisoning, now does it? And this was no small-scale amateur operation, either. We’re talking about between 120 and 180 gallons of the good stuff:

    “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

    Something tells me this wasn’t his first time making bootleg booze.

  • DonDig

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    Peace, love, and happiness to all.

  • allan

    nice write-up on today’s hempcapades in Denver:

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/20/us/denver-420-weekend/

  • thelbert

    happy easter all.