Catholic Answers Apologist Join Date: May 3, 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Is smoking marijuana immoral?
The Church recognizes the authority of civil governments to regulate substances for just reasons. Marijuana is one such substance that the government can justly regulate. That is why the Church would say that it is wrong to smoke marijuana: Not because it is inherently evil, but because civil society has deemed it to be extrinsically dangerous.
I’m not sure Michelle really covered the entire point in regards to narcotics.
The Catechism indicates the following:
2291 The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.
The way Michelle addresses this particular question…one would assume marijuana is okay (for recreational use) so long it’s used in moderation. If this is the case…so is herion…cocaine, etc. I started a thread a long time ago about tobacco, etc…which could possibly fit within this category.
Perhaps we should re-open this debate?
I am confused by your reading of Michelle’s response - I don’t see where she ok’s the use of an illegal substance in moderation, nor do I see where it is in conflict with the Catechism. I’m not saying you are wrong, I just don’t see where she ok’s the use of marijuana in moderation. If anything, her answer is “NOPE you cannot use something that is deemed illegal by the laws of the land”.
As a former drug addict, I will tell you that being sinful did not come into my mind when I was deep in my disease. Now that I am sober, I recognize how I had to let my morals go (to do, as Father Corapi so aptly puts it, 'kill my conscience) in order to continue to live the lifestyle that welcomed the use of illegal drugs or legal drugs illegally (try saying that three times fast:whacky: ).
The horror comes from the results of killing one’s conscience. Fighting back from that is very difficult. One knows one is getting better when one can start to say “oh, no, I shouldn’t do that…” even if it is applied to something as simple as littering. That means your conscience is starting to breathe again and that means you are starting to wake up to the Word.
There are drugs I am dependent upon today - I take synthroid every day because I have no thyroid function, and I take methotrexate every week to help me battle RA. Drugs, as stated in the Catechism, are not intrinsictly (spelling?) evil.
How’s THAT for an opinion?