By Maria Santos |March 5,2015|
A Republican lawmaker from Texas wants to not only legalize pot, but tax and regulate it like any other plant, completely free of sin taxes. Why? Because it’s God’s creation.
“The plant is good. God made it, and it wasn’t a mistake that government needs to fix,” State Representative David Simpson told Bloomberg.
“What’s so incredible to me is that we want to eliminate something that God made,” he said. “It’s very specific in Genesis 1. He talks about the green herb, he talks about plant, he talks about their seed, and it says it was good, it was very good.”
His bill to legalize the drug, filed in Texas Monday, repeals all of the state’s marijuana statutes. This would leave marijuana to be regulated in the same way as “tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee,” as Simpson wrote in a statement.
Simpson comes armed with multiple Bible verses to back his philosophy, like Proverbs 3:30: “Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.” He cites Romans 13 as proof that the proper role of government is suppressing aggression, rather than policing nonviolent choices, and writes in a Texas Tribune op-ed, “The Bible warns about excessive drinking, eating and sleeping (Provers 23:21), but it doesn’t ban the activities or the substances or conditions associated with them—alcohol, food and fatigue.”
“I usually don’t use my Christian convictions so publicly,” he said, but believes “it’s the right thing to do.”
Simpson also told Bloomberg that 90 percent of his constituents support him. Getting this bill past the state legislature, however, will likely not be so easy. Even in states that have legalized pot, like Colorado, authorities have set up strict regulations governing sales, along with hefty tax rates. The Bill did not pass.