(quote) Megan-21150 said: Frankly (and this comment may be controversial), I find alcohol to be far more lethal than pot. Don't get me wrong - I hate pot and I have relatives that smoke it frequently and it's definitely harmed them. But I'm more worried about alcohol abuse - look at the stats on drunk driving!
I favor legalizing it for medical reasons - it does help with pain management.
With alcohol, a little is good for the body so says the scriptures and the Church. You can drink alcohol without getting inebriated thus the soul is in full control.
With pot, one does get inebriated, the body takes over.
For recreational use of marijuana I would think since the Church says we should not be inebriated because of the body deadening the effects of the soul, thus the HS will not dwell in ones body... The HS flees sin... can't dwell and our body is to be a temple for the HS.
Inebriation is the key I believe.... Pot makes one tired and lazy as well, sloth is a sin. I do not see how one can remain sinless and smoke pot. We are to inebriate ourselves with the Lord, to be intoxicated with the Holy Spirit, and there is much that Eucharistic Adoration can do as well as many other devotionals and of course receiving the Holy Eucharist...
When folks go to drugs or excess usage of alcohol they are running from reality and thus they do not give our Lord the chance to help them cope with reality. For one to say it feels good, well, so does having sex but if one is not married though it may feel good, it is not, for sin is never good. It rots and kills the body and soul....
Catholic Answers Live had this question asked to Jimmy Akin, I thought he did very well answering it...