Legalisation of marijuana – Is this the start of a trend?
There have been some major changes sweeping through the United States lately, and one of them is legalisation of marijuana. The states of Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California voted to legalise recreational use of marijuana and Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida voted to legalise medical marijuana this month. Major media organizations are saying that this may be the start of a national trend. Advocates of marijuana reform are naturally optimistic, while those opposed to marijuana use are cautioning of the harms that marijuana reform can bring about.
Though this number of states approving marijuana use together is unique, the foundation for it has been laid for some time. The overall trend in recent years has been that more and more people in the US support legalisation of marijuana use. The latest Gallup poll, for example indicated that 58% of Americans support legalisation. This percentage has been increasing for over 2 decades. The numbers are even more supportive among young adults, with 71% of 18-34-year-old population supporting legalisation.
With the majority of the US supporting legalisation of marijuana, nationwide legalisation is a definite possibility. Marijuana may become more and more accessible with time, and use of it may increase also. The proponents of legalisation have different reasons for supporting it, including that incarceration of marijuana users will stop, that jobs and revenue will be generated through the legal marijuana market and many of these proponents definitely want marijuana legalised because they enjoy using it.
While it is understandable that people who enjoy using marijuana want it legalised, the majority of people are not considering the spiritual aspects of marijuana use. As per the spiritual research of SSRF, using marijuana or other intoxicants opens us up to attacks from negative energies from the subtle dimension. By making marijuana readily available, society becomes more vulnerable to attacks from negative energies. This makes it easier for negative energies to influence us in various ways to the detriment of society.
In addition, people who enjoy using marijuana are doing so to either experience happiness from it or to escape the sorrows they face in life. It is human nature to seek happiness and avoid unhappiness, but by doing spiritual practice we can experience a far higher form of happiness. This experience is called Bliss, which is not dependent on anything external as it comes from within. Also, although using marijuana may provide a temporary escape from difficulties in life, eventually we must still face these difficulties. Seekers who have used marijuana before starting spiritual practice have found that by doing spiritual practice for some time the desire to use marijuana went away naturally. This happened because they were far more fulfilled from the Bliss they experienced through spiritual practice and they realized that spiritual practice gave them the tools to go through life’s situations with a positive outlook.
The spiritual purpose of life is to progressively move beyond the happiness and sorrow we experience in the world and merge with God. Spiritual experiences beyond the 5 senses, mind and intellect such as Bliss draw us closer to this goal, while attachment to worldly happiness draws us away from it. The happiness one feels from marijuana use is also dependent on the 5 senses, mind and intellect, so it draws us away from our spiritual purpose.
Based on the above, if society were to understand the spiritual purpose of life, then the question of legalisation of marijuana would not even arise because people would do spiritual practice and have no desire to use it. Doing spiritual practice helps us to understand what is truly in our best interest, and it enables us to make positive decisions that help us and others around us. I encourage those of you not doing spiritual practice to read the links below to start so you can experience Bliss and experience the benefits of spiritual practice firsthand.