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John Hilllsonger wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it a sin to smoke marijuana?

I know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

John Hilllsonger

  { Although I know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, is it a sin to smoke marijuana? }

Bob replied:


The Catholic Church teaches that all forms of deliberate ingestion of intoxicating substances are gravely immoral. So:

  • drinking to get drunk is sin
  • smoking to get high is sin
  • shooting up, popping pills, whatever, is wrong.

The legitimate use of drugs for strictly medical reasons is licit, and there is some use of the chemical in marijuana for medicinal purposes, particularly for epilepsy; however, it can be processed so that the high aspect of the drug is virtually eliminated.

The efforts of folks to legalize marijuana has little to do with the legitimate medical use of the drug but rather to remove the (stigma/legal repercussions) of what should instead be a completely illegal substance.


Bob Kirby

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