Saturday, November 12, 2005

Jews smoking pot

Are jews going to pot?:

Pacific News:

...A disproportionate number of the movers and shakers behind the medical marijuana movement are Jews — sometimes it’s half the room at a seminar or conference, says Marsha Rosenbaum, director of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance. And while Rosenfeld travels the country and does scores of radio interviews bolstering medical marijuana, many of the most successful advocates — Jewish and otherwise — live in the Bay Area. And make no mistake, it’s not just long-haired hippies calling for medical pot.
The Reform movement officially called for its legalization years ago, spurred on by enthusiastic support by local members of the Women of Reform Judaism. In 1996, the East Bay Council of Rabbis unanimously supported a petition in favor of Proposition 215, which legalized the cultivation of medical marijuana. Jews, notes Rosenbaum, have always been at the forefront of civil rights issues.
There are a wealth of reasons why this is a strongly Jewish movement, but no one sums it up more succinctly than Oakland attorney Bill Panzer. “Doctors, lawyers and injustice. Where you find doctors, lawyers and injustice, you find Jews,” he says somewhat brusquely. Rosenbaum adds that Jews are “more critical and less convinced of official or government rhetoric” than the population at large...
There are parallels to Jewish law. It’s OK to drive on Shabbos if you do it to drive someone to the emergency room. It’s OK to steal a boat and row it out to save a drowning person. And it’s OK to violate the federal prohibition against marijuana possession in order to save a life,” he said.
And to those who would question Raich’s understanding of Jewish law, he invites you to address your complaints to his father, Abe Raich, an Orthodox rabbi in Colorado. The elder Raich is an unabashed supporter of his son and daughter-in-law.
Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Brian Klein is the grandson of two Orthodox congregational presidents. They’re both long gone but he believes they would have supported his right to get the medicine he needs...

Leaders, trend setters; their grandmothers must really be kvelling...
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 6:54 PM


Blogger Ittay said...

I have never heard of the Jewish ethical consciousness be explained in a way whereby one can drive on Shabbat to save a life being equated to the argument that marijuana can save lives. Doesn’t smoking marijuana cause lung cancer? I’m having trouble following the logic.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Litvshe said...

It is interesting to note...that amongst addiction specialist, the commonly held opinion is, that just as Irish and Native Americans have a predisposition for addiction to alcohol, Jews have a predisposition for addiction to marijuana.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

"Jews have a predisposition for addiction to marijuana"

You can be sure,if it's cool and different jews will dig it.

1:26 PM  

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