Longview state Rep. David Simpson has filed HB 2165 which would eliminate all state-level legal prohibitions against marijuana, leaving the plant regulated in Texas similar to "tomatoes, jalapeños, and coffee," reported KETK-TV. Simpson authored a column yesterday announcing the bill on TribTalk titled "The Christian Case for Marijuana Reform." That remarkable item concluded:
Should we be concerned for our friends and neighbors who abuse a substance or activity? Yes, we should help them through sincere and voluntary engagement, but not with force and violence.This ain't your Daddy's Republican Party, folks. The comments reacting to coverage of the bill from Breitbart News demonstrate some of the ideological fault lines within the party over libertarian causes like this one.
Is there a place for prohibition? Yes, a prohibition of aggression (Romans 13). Our laws should prohibit and penalize violent acts. This is the jurisdiction of the magistrates under the new covenant — harm to one’s neighbor.
Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor.