PA Pastors Against Legal Marijuana In Commonwealth

'Studies reveal that even casual marijuana use has very damaging effects on the brain'

Andrew Limberg
February 24, 2020 - 4:26 pm
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 (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A group of pastor’s are speaking out against a proposed bill that would legalize Marijuana in Pennsylvania.

The Christian group, Pennsylvania Pastors Network, believe legalizing cannabis would be bad for the commonwealth.

PPN Executive Director Gary Dull, who has been a pastor for over 45 years, said in a release,

“Studies reveal that even casual marijuana use has very damaging effects on the brain, to the point that it can lead to mental illness,” Dull said. “This was the finding of a study conducted by the Journal of Neuroscience that should be seriously considered. Frequently, children are even hospitalized due to using marijuana accidentally, which indicates that such exposure has health risks that can be very detrimental.”

Dull also warned of the addictive aspect of cannabis.

“Most of us know someone who has ruined their life through addictive drugs. Families have been broken, jobs have been lost, and lives have even been taken as a result of the use of addictive drugs. Additionally, most people recognize that marijuana is an ‘entrance or gateway drug’ that has the great potential to lead to more serious drug use and abuse,” said Dull.

Dull also warns of potential financial hardships.

“The more people who get involved with marijuana, the more who will become addicted and the more it will cost the citizens and the government of the commonwealth to rehab those who have become addicted. Already our state has many financial concerns, to which another burden does not need to be added.”

Dull also says it will be harmful to education saying “various studies have shown that student who use marijuana regularly are less likely to finish high school and go on to higher education than those who do not use the drug.”

Rep. Wheatley House says Bill 20-50 introduced t would channel some income from legal marijuana sales to social justice programs like student debt, after school programs and affordable housing.

“Governor Wolf and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman have heard from Pennsylvanians across the state who have supported legalization of adult-use cannabis – the time is now to make it a reality, and we have the opportunity to get it right the first time around,” Wheatley said in a statement. 

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