Legal Cannabis and Morality
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A full moral analysis will look at the act itself as it pertains to an individual and also attempt to look at the trends and circumstances that tend to surround that act. In terms of the health effects, in many cases it is still too early to say much with certainty although correlations are definitely emerging that do not make both short and long-term marijuana use look good overall.

Chemical substances like caffeine aren't comparable in a relevant sense to alcohol or THC since these produce different kinds of psychological effects, and it's precisely those effects that are the issue. The problem of intoxication exists only because we have a rational nature. An animal cannot commit the sin of intoxication even if it can get intoxicated because it has no rational nature. Hence, when looking at the morality, we are looking at how these chemicals affect us psychologically as rational beings. 

I've copied below a link to a 2016 summary of the medical literature and a Thomistic analysis that is pretty good. It addresses some of your points, such as the degrees of THC and what therapeutic use constitutes, although it doesn't address CBD directly unfortunately. Obviously, the significant difference between THC and CBD is that you can't get high from CBD (as far as I know), so that would have an important part to play in a full moral analysis. The paper also addresses some of the social concerns but the arguments do not hinge on how socially acceptable marijuana use is. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102207/

A different, shorter editorial written for the lay person is here: https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/rel...ality.html

The magisterium and relevant congregations or bodies of bishops have in fact addressed marijuana and recreational drug use a number of times in the past few decades and, as far as I know, condemn it for recreational purposes. The general consensus seems to be that THC is different than alcohol insofar as the former creates a high, of various degrees, and this is always immoral since it directly goes against temperance, but also the other health issues make the consumption of THC dangerous to an extent that alcohol does not, such as developing psychosis or schizophrenia, which multiple studies have examined. From the paper above:


Quote:We have seen that marijuana use entails a high, which indicates some level of intoxication. Thus marijuana is contrasted with alcohol, which can be consumed moderately without the user becoming intoxicated [....]


Obviously, all the products that contain different amounts of THC or CBD are not going to be on the same "moral ground," but this doesn't really mean anything since it is not a product that constitutes a moral act, but a human's free choice based on intelligent (or lack thereof) deliberation, which is always more or less culpable. It's sort of like asking which type of gun is more sinful than others. The gun isn't the issue. The issue is the intention of the user.


Quote:[...] that's ultimately a political, not a moral, question.


Have you never picked up a papal encyclical on Catholic Social Teaching?

All political issues are at root moral issues. Where has the Church ever taught an arbitrary and strong distinction? Political philosophy is the application of moral principles to society, which is a moral unit, and fostering the common good, which is a moral good. The fundamental principle of political authority that the Church has always held is that it comes from God and is given to an earthly ruler(s) for the sake of the common good. Politics is therefore eminently a moral matter. To separate the two is one of the foundational lies of liberalism.

Whether circumstances in America or elsewhere allow for natural law principles to guide politics is a different issue.
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Legal Cannabis and Morality - by 1Faith - 09-17-2019, 01:52 AM
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