The Rev. Justin Cannon, Rector of All Saints, will facilitate this roundtable, which will include a panel of parishioners who will share their first-hand experience of medical cannabis use. The roundtable will only explore the medical value of cannabis and not its recreational use.
In 1982, The Episcopal Church passed a resolution in support of prescriptive access to medical cannabis (67th Convention of the Episcopal Church B-004a). The statement says: “The Episcopal Church urges the adoption by Congress and all states of statutes providing that the use of marijuana be permitted when deemed medically appropriate by duly licensed medical practitioners.” The church was more than a decade ahead of its time given that it was not until fourteen years later that California became the first state in the country to legalize medical cannabis with the passage of the Compassionate Use Action of 1996.
The title ‘Every Plant Bearing Seed’ is a reference to Genesis 1:29 where God said to Adam and Eve, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.” It is clear from this passage as well as Genesis 1:12 that God has given us the plants of the earth to use with wisdom and care for nourishment and health. Because religion has often been used to demonize cannabis, religion must be part of the movement to remove that stigma.