The Conservative Christian Approach to Marijuana Law Reform in Texas

The flag of Texas.

I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, and that’s something I’m proud of. Texas is a wonderful place with friendly people that have always wanted what was best for our state, especially when it comes to economics, quality of life, and overall beauty.

But, why is Marijuana not a part of this?

That is the question of the hour here in Texas, and we’ve been waiting for the right representative to take this to the next level. David Simpson – Republican, Tea Party Member, and state representative from Longview – is just that representative.

Simpson filed a bill to completely deregulate marijuana here in the Lone Star State on Monday, March 2nd – Texas Independence Day – claiming, “God doesn’t make mistakes”. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to bring this bill to fruition than on the very day that Texas became its own state; the day that we as a state declared our freedom.

When was the last time you heard a conservative person say that marijuana is acceptable, especially in the eyes of God? This goes far beyond anti-pot and pro-pot: this is a political and religious shift unlike anything ever seen in our country. The fact that a conservative lawmaker from Texas wants to legalize marijuana as a cash crop could eventually change the way the entire world looks at ganja; instead of horrible Reefer-Madness-fueled propaganda, the world could truly understand what marijuana is – a beautiful, relaxing, and medicinal herb.

I want to stress the importance of this, and the reasons that it is absolutely crucial that the Texan people back this bill entirely – and, I will start with one of the most compelling pieces of information – the medicinal benefits. I know someone who has a severe nerve disease known as neuropathy, and is almost entirely numb from the knees down. The pain that this person faces is unbearable, and the chemical medicines that the government health programmes offer are extremely expensive and out of reach – not just for my friend, but for many others in the same position. The one thing that has helped this person more than anything is marijuana, and for them, it’s a Godsend. If it wasn’t for the ganja dulling the pain and helping this wonderful person relax their muscles, they wouldn’t be able to walk. It would cause them to be in constant agony; they would be totally crippled, and in a position where they would be in constant need of expensive help. This person is not the only one I know who must use marijuana in order to have a normal and productive life.

Economically, this would further Texas even more than other states, and here’s why:
If marijuana were to be legalized under this bill, hemp and marijuana would be treated as bountiful cash crops, just like – as Simpson describes – “tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee”. This would allow hemp to be used to make fiber, wax, resins, rope, cloth, paper, and many more highly beneficial products. This would increase the state’s export rates dramatically, and it would enable us to utilize an incredibly valuable resource – allowing us to cut back and conserve other resources that we have available.

Simpson not only wants to repeal the laws against cultivation of marijuana and hemp, but he is looking to treat it as a free enterprise product – a non-taxed market, one that is available to all people of all walks of life, which is another interesting detail. David Simpson is clearly a very open politician, appealing to both the libertarian and conservative ideologies by saying that this isn’t only accepted in the eyes of God, but necessary for us to have full access to our civil liberties.

There is no doubt that legalizing marijuana in the state of Texas would be economically beneficial, but what about socially?

Annually, excessive alcohol use leads to around 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential lives lost in the United States. Between 2006 and 2010, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age Americans. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2006 were estimated at $223.5 billion dollars – that’s about $1.90 a swig!

Marijuana has been responsible for zero deaths in history. The only possible way to die from marijuana is asphyxiation, which would mean the smoke content was higher than the oxygen content in the room. It is nearly impossible to achieve this.

So, why are we still labelling people who need effective medicine as criminals because they can’t afford the damaging chemical ‘remedies’ that the state wants to offer? Why are we criminalizing people who want to relax without poisoning themselves with alcohol or other substances? Marijuana is a cheap and effective medicine for everyone, which would result in an overall happier, healthier, and more economically stable population.

I hope to see all Texans – Christian or Non-religious, healthy or unhealthy, Conservative or Liberal – approve of this bill. In the end, it will benefit us all and help the country and the rest of the world to become a happier, healthier place.

Abby Parfait is a homeschool graduate of Parkview Christian Baptist High School and is from Beaumont, Texas.


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