On August 26, 2016 the Florida Baptist State Board of Missions voted to continue its stance against the legalization of marijuana and encouraged the pastors of the Florida Baptist Convention to seek various information resources to help educate their churches in the importance of voting No on Amendment 2.
Last time this was on the ballot in 2014, the State Board expressed this opposition in the form of a resolution. Since a resolution was made last time, it was not felt another resolution was needed this time, but simply the statement opposing legalizing marijuana and the encouragement to pastors to educate their people on the importance of defeating this ballot initiative amending the Florida Constitution.
The following is the full text of the resolution passed in 2014:
RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA
WHEREAS, the November 4, 2014, General Election ballot will contain Amendment 2 – the so-called Florida Right to Medical Marijuana; and
WHEREAS, the ballot initiative seeks to permit persons with nine specific medical conditions to have unlimited access to medical marijuana; and
WHEREAS, the Amendment also provides that medical marijuana can be dispensed without a physician’s prescription for broad but undefined “other conditions” which can include anything from back pain to trouble sleeping; and
WHEREAS, so-called caregivers will be legally permitted to dispense the drug to up to five persons without legal regulation; and a caregiver can be anyone from a felon to a drug dealer; and
WHEREAS, the State Board of Missions has individual and corporate empathy for those Floridians suffering from debilitating diseases, but the Board does not believe legalizing an addictive drug without strong regulatory oversight is an appropriate solution; and
WHEREAS, the effort to legalize marijuana is contrary to the interests of the public health, safety and welfare, and will adversely affect the rights of citizens to live and work in a community where drug abuse is not accepted and citizens are not subjected to the adverse effects of the drug abuse; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist State Convention, go on record to oppose Amendment 2 that will appear on the November 4, 2014, General Election ballot; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board call upon Florida Baptist pastors to diligently encourage their church members to promote and vote to defeat Amendment 2; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board request the Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, to take all reasonable actions to notify and create awareness among Florida Baptists on the importance of voting against Amendment 2.