If you see signs of this, please contact Crime StoppersMonday, September 24, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Fall is upon us and it’s harvest time!
Marijuana crops will be harvested starting in late August until the beginning of October.
Outdoor marijuana grow-operations can be found almost anywhere conditions are right for plants to flourish.
During this period people involved with growing marijuana will head into rural areas to harvest their plants.
Typically, these illegal crops are located in swamps, corn fields, wooded areas, along riverbanks, and rural areas with lots of acreage.
Signs include strangers in your area, vehicles parked near cornfields or bush lots, or other suspicious activity.
If you have any information about marijuana grow operations, call Crime Stoppers.
We want your information, not your name.
Call your tips in to 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477; submit a web tip or text the keyword SSM along with your tip to 274637.
UrsaMajor 9/24/2012 4:33:51 PM Report
Good job sootoday. Help keep us in the 50's where lies and greed were greater than the glory of the wisdom of GOD!
What is the Word of God on the Cannabis plant?
The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang: marijuana) is one of the many useful herbs "yielding seed after its kind" created and blessed by God on the third day of creation, "and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:12) He gave hemp for people to use with our free will.
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat." … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb's prohibition. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)
The Bible speaks of a special plant. "I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more." (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2) A gift from God.
How was cannabis used in Biblical times and lands?
Cannabis was used 12 ways: clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. For so the Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches." (Isaiah 18:4-5)
What about cannabis today?
Hemp today has thousands of uses. Modern technology has devised many new uses for the hemp plant&emdash;like biomass energy, building materials, fuel, plastic and so on. Hemp is ecological and its seed is among the best food crops on Earth. Selected varieties produce flowers that provide an herbal relaxant and a spiritual tool. Its herb is used globally as medicine.
Does the Bible discuss drugs?
Alcohol is the only drug openly discussed in the Bible, so it must serve as our reference. Wine is drunk during religious occasions such as Passover &emdash; the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. It remains a sacrament in modern church services.
Jesus began his public life by miraculously turning water into wine at the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-10) when the reception ran out. The Bible distinguishes between use and misuse. It says, Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (Proverbs 31:6-7) but Woe unto them that … follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)
Yet the simple joys of drinking were also sung. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)
"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."Did Jesus speak about choice?
He said not to criticize other people for their habits. "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man." (Mat. 15:11) The apostle Paul wrote, I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. … For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14:14,17)
Did He speak of government?
Jesus said to keep church and state apart. "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's and unto God the things which be God's." (Luke 20:25) As we have seen, it was God, not government, who gave man the herbs to use. And it was government that put Jesus to death.
Property forfeiture laws?
He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. "Beware of the scribes which …devour widows' houses…. The same shall receive greater damnation." (Luke 20:46-47) Jesus, too, was a victim. The soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (John. 19:33)
What about the Drug War?
Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)
It was God who created cannabis hemp and told mankind to use "every green herb" on Earth. The Bible speaks of mercy, healing and a persecution of God's children. They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. (Psalms 119:86) Prisons and drug wars do not save souls. The Lord… hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1)
What should the ministry do?
Teach God's truth. Warn your congregation that the war on marijuana is unchristian and must be ended. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to Me … for I desired mercy and not sacrifice. (Hosea 4:6, 6:6)
Remember: Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving…. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:4-6)
UrsaMajor 9/24/2012 4:36:08 PM Report
Summary analysis of the foregoing discussion
What does the Bible say about marijuana? The Bible says that God created hemp for people to use "as meat," (ie, to consume), that its seed oil is to be used as an ointment, and that cannabis is "to be received with thanks-giving of them which believe and know the truth." Paul also warned that some people would "speak lies in hypocrisy" and prohibit us from using it.
It also says that we "shall not bear false witness" about people who use cannabis, nor judge them because that judgement is reserved to the Lord. The Lord hates those who speak lies and sow discord among brethern. For those people harrassed and imprisoned for using cannabis rightfuly, Jesus offers these words of comfort, "Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness's sake: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
What would Jesus do regarding medical marijuana?
Despite common knowledge and widespread scientific support, the federal government has for nearly 30 years kept cannabis in schedule 1 as a deliberate way to deny patients access to medical marijuana. This includes people suffering from asthma, cancer, migraine headache, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, and provides relief for many other conditions. As a result, people at various locations across the USA have had to risk and suffer years in prison for providing medical marijuana to patients as an act of compassion and personal conscience. What would Jesus do? He chose to break the law in order to heal the sick.
"At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn, and his disciples were hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2) But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day 3) But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungered, and they that were with him? … 10) And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered, And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11) And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? 12) How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13) Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14) Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15) But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence, and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16) And charged them that they should not make him known." (Matthew 12: 1-2, 10-16) (also see Mark 3, Luke 13, John 9)
Should people give blind obedience to government?
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2) Why do thy disciple transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread." 3) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? … 7) Ye hypocrites! … 12) Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13) But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:1-3, 7, 12-14)
Passages from the King James Bible that are relevant
to the legal and moral status of Cannabis sativa, L.
And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen. 1:29-31)
UrsaMajor 9/24/2012 4:36:35 PM Report
(No prohibition of cannabis or any other drug is made in the Ten Commandments: See Ex. 20:1-17)
(Cannabis is mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but King James mistranslated it as 'sweet calamus') :
Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)
* As one shekel equals approximately 16.37 grams, this means that the THC from over 9 pounds of flowering cannabis tops were extracted into a hind, about 6.5 litres of oil. The entheogenic effects of such a solution -- even when applied topically -would undoubtedly have been intense.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)
The Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. (Is. 18:4-5)
And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. (Ezekiel 34:29)
(Jesus:) "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." (Matt. 15:11)
One believeth that he may eat all things. Another…eateth herbs. … Let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Epistle of St. Paul: Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereupon thou hast attained. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)
And the righteous will be victorius against the WICKED!
bluejays10 9/24/2012 4:49:25 PM Report
Wow... who cares what GOD said.. I hate people that follow that damn book... so misleading and half of the crap in there is false.. yes mary jane is good but ya don't need to preach the damn bible about it... I can't stand christian views, I'd rather read a cook book and follow that!
UrsaMajor 9/24/2012 4:51:54 PM Report
Then move to a country where they don't have religious freedom.
UrsaMajor 9/24/2012 4:52:49 PM Report
Hating any group of people for their beliefs...or any reason for that matter is bigotry. Are you saying you're a bigot?
JerryLundegard 9/24/2012 5:05:25 PM Report
Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies have waaaaaaaaaay more power than your god ever will. And as long as they control politics, they will continue to synthesize opiates, and deliver their brand of evil to the unfortunate fellow who hurts his back at work!
" and Jesus said..." go forth, and maximize
Sam C 9/24/2012 5:39:18 PM Report
The Bible also says to follow the laws of the land. Like it or not, marijuana is illegal, especially in grow-op quantities.
Defending your recreational use of a small amount of "harmless" weed ignores the problems associated with growing and trafficking this illegal drug.
sinikka 9/24/2012 6:51:17 PM Report
ursa major your lengthy post demonstrates why marijuana is illegal. Perhaps you should practice, puff, puff, pass. For the record i am for legalizing , or at the very least decriminalizing marijuana but not for any of the reasons you have posted.
Dictionary 9/24/2012 7:10:13 PM Report
Perhaps you could elaborate on the supposed "harms" of cultivation and trafficking of marijuana that you speak of. I'm struggling to see where there is any harms to the individual other than the "harm" brought on them by over-zealous law enforcement.
thera 9/24/2012 7:17:07 PM Report
Do your own police work if you want the pot so bad!!
BlackHelix 9/24/2012 7:32:11 PM Report
This is way to easy. I was going to comment on weed but this is even better!
I know this post was already hijacked by ridiculous bible quotes, but just to give a frame of reference on where he/she is coming from...
If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated: 16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit that which he hath, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn: 17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
And this is the book were supposed to live our lives by. One vote polygamy...anyone..?
BlackHelix 9/24/2012 7:42:39 PM Report
And BTW....if god gave us "all herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth" I dare you to go eat any of the stuff on this list
Maybe then we could get back to the usual nonsense...
Stugatzu 9/24/2012 8:37:09 PM Report
Its these ridiculous biblical quotes and references that spew forth on behalf of marijuana that make "pro-pot" people comical. Sure, you might be well read, but you sound like an idiot. Seriously folks....if you want to legalize it, or at least decriminalize it; you should do it using thought provoking information on behalf of statistics and economics - it is what the world is driven by - not the bible. It's quite ignorant to assume that EVERYONE reads or cares for the bible.
Carry on with your biblical rants though... I stop reading them after the first sentence and move on. Nothing you can sling from the bible regarding marijuana is going to even remotely make me pay atttention to you.
the coach 9/24/2012 9:30:38 PM Report
Is this the comedy network?
zdc 9/24/2012 9:31:39 PM Report
Besides the biblical sermons and pot pros, how about the idea of calling in every vehicle parted beside bush lots.
I wonder how many partridge hunters will end up having their vehicle towed
minoutche 9/24/2012 9:31:55 PM Report
Wow! Soo Today struck a nerve or two with this story! Well Done.
Zap 9/24/2012 11:02:39 PM Report
Ya right LMAO. SCREW THAT I LOVE WEED. Here comes the usa nazi war on weed?
AndyCap 9/25/2012 12:37:04 AM Report
@Sam C.These problems you speak of are created by imposing these laws. Get rid of the laws and you get rid of any associated problems. Making it illegal drives up profits. Attractive high profits brings the greed and violence, albeit insignificant problems in relation to greater problems the world has. In the future people will have their minds blown when they learn in history class that this plant was actually considered illegal.
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 5:41:57 AM Report
Black Helix- God gave you free will. If you wanna kill yourself by eating monks hood, you can.
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 5:43:06 AM Report
And black helix again- God gave you free will. If you wish to disobey God, you can.
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 5:44:56 AM Report
I won't judge you for it. I'm not allowed, that's his work.
BlackHelix 9/25/2012 9:25:40 AM Report
So god specifically says in the bible that monks hood is poisonous then? It's not really free will is it? Do you know how we found out that certain plants were poisonous? Because ignorant people ate them thinking that they were all edible by "god". Here...eat all the plants you want - except for the ones that will kill - except I won't tell you which ones those are - don't you love free will?
Stevie-E 9/25/2012 9:31:56 AM Report
Ursa and Zap
You hippie's really need a life. Stop leaching off taxpayer's money to write this nonsense.
Stevie-E 9/25/2012 9:33:02 AM Report
Could we please have a like/dislike count for these ridiculous comments. It may discourage these dummies from posting in the first place.
Stevie-E 9/25/2012 9:43:50 AM Report
Talk to Ursa,
She is the only one able to get that high.
bluejays10 9/25/2012 11:03:45 AM Report
Thank goodness I'm not the only one that thinks the bible is nonsense and church goers really need to get a open their eyes... Its crazy that all of these pastors/preachers are working for god etc etc but yet
TONS of kids and adults are coming forth about sexual abuse done by the these religious role-models?! It doesn't make sense to me that they are suppose to protect the children and not abuse them.. sorry if this doesn't relate to marijuana but it totally relates to the bibles worshippers! Its disgusting and I will never ever put my child in a catholic daycare or school! and isn't it funny when churches go up for sale?? I thought that was god's house and why is it going up for sale lol... or when someone buys the church and turns it into a house... wow it totally mind boggles me on how people still follow this nonsense!
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 1:05:03 PM Report
A little humility goes a long way. (I'm actually a Taoist by the way.)
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 1:06:40 PM Report
You heard it from the bluejays first folks, all catholics and catholic teachers are potential child molesters and if you read the bible or worship it you're a child molestor.
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 1:08:02 PM Report
Children have never been molested in public schools either. No sir.
BlackHelix 9/25/2012 5:32:53 PM Report
Ursa....Oh Ursa.....and here I thought we were just starting to have fun. I had expected to see at least ONE logical fallacy from you, but several? and all in a 3 minute period? *gasp*
I have to ask though, how does a Christian Taoist overcome the pesky biblical tenet of "Thou shall not worship false idols"?
I guess we're not a match you and I. Where's that nutbag "Norm" I see on here from time to time?
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 5:52:58 PM Report
Taoists don't worship any Gods.
BlackHelix 9/25/2012 6:49:01 PM Report
UrsaMajor 9/25/2012 7:26:47 PM Report
Ah yes, some taoists do worship the pures ones but it's not a prerequisite to the religion. Taoism has many sects much like christianity. Notice, protestants don't consider the pope holy.
havenesegal 9/26/2012 3:43:23 PM Report