…but what happens if the US as some other countries around the world decide to legalize marijuana, amongst other “illegal” drugs?
Would Catholics then subscribe to “it’s legal?”
The Holy Scriptures are not specific on many things (topical renderings) to which we would prefer to find clear cut responses. But the Holy Scriptures are very specific on what Yahweh demands of His children:
16 I say then, walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. 18 But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, 20 Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,
21 Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:16-21)
When we are under the influence of drugs (which includes alcohol and marijuana) we are more open to act against God’s commands and revel in acts of luxury, (archaic for lust), drunkenness, fornication, immodesty, etc. It is precisely this loss of control which God seeks to spare us from suffering. The state (government) may determine that drugs are legal or illegal, but only God determines if our actions are sinful or just!