Ask the UMC: Is using marijuana for medical reasons acceptable?

The church recognizes that marijuana may have medical benefits for some conditions. Photo by Jennifer Martin, Wikimedia Commons
The church recognizes that marijuana may have medical benefits for some conditions. Photo by Jennifer Martin, Wikimedia Commons

The United Methodist Church has long supported abstinence from illegal drugs and grieves the widespread misuse of drugs (Social Principles).

We understand that marijuana may have medical benefits for some conditions.

“Some countries permit the use of marijuana in medicines. Recently, some states in the United States have passed legislation permitting the medical use of marijuana. Some studies indicate circumstances in which marijuana can have an important palliative medicinal effect unavailable through other means. The medical use of any drug, however, should not be seen as encouraging recreational use of it. We urge all persons to abstain from all use of marijuana, unless it has been legally prescribed in a form appropriate for treating a particular medical condition” (Alcohol and Other Drugs).

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This content was produced by InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications.

First published June 9, 2017.


 

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