Marijuana enthusiasts often point to Gen. 1:11 (“Let the earth bring forth grass”) and other verses (Gen. 1:29; 3:18) to justify the smoking of what they refer to as “grass.” They say that since God created the plant and declared it “good,” it should therefore be enjoyed. It is true that He created it, and that everything He made has some purpose in creation. For example, hemp (from which marijuana is made) is very useful in making strong rope. God also created sand (which is good), and if someone wants to eat sand by the spoonful, they may do so. However, they shouldn’t complain if they get a stomachache.
While God had a practical use for marijuana, man decided for some reason to burn it and kill his brain cells by inhaling its harmful fumes. Likewise, man decided to use the beautiful poppy to destroy his life with incredibly addictive heroin. Breathing in the burning fumes of anything is extremely unhealthy, and those who do so aren’t thinking very deeply. This is one reason why marijuana is called “dope.” Those who smoke “grass” will waste their days, wither their brain, and forget what they are doing.
In the jungles of Asia and South America, missionaries place tobacco leaves in their boots to stop leeches from getting into their shoes and crawling up their legs. Even leeches have the good sense to avoid tobacco. Smokers would be wiser to wrap their lips around the exhaust pipe of their car and breathe in the fumes. Both cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes are full of carcinogens, but cigarette smokers pay for their habit to the tobacco companies, and sadly they pay for their stupidity with their lives.
Psalm 102:3 For my days are consumed like smoke,
And my bones are burned like a hearth.
4 My heart is stricken and withered like grass,
So that I forget to eat my bread.