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The Dalai Lama Supports Medical Marijuana, But Not Legalization

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dalai lama medical marijuanaThe Dalai Lama supports medical marijuana use, but does not support recreational marijuana use. According to Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, the Dalai Lama is ‘the rebirth in a line of tulkus who are considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara.’

The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former Mexican president Vicente Fox, said that “the exception” for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues.

“But otherwise if it’s just an issue of somebody (using the drug to have) a crazy mind, that’s not good,” he said after being asked his position on legalization at the outdoor event at the ex-president’s Fox Center in the central state of Guanajuato. - According to France 24.

I’m always encouraged when spiritual leaders come out in support of medical marijuana. I would have liked to have seen the Dalai Lama come out in support of full marijuana legalization, but maybe he just needs to know more about the failed policies of marijuana prohibition.

How do readers feel about the Dalai Lama’s recent comments? Do you feel that they are significant? What other spiritual leaders would you like to see come out in support of medical marijuana?

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25 Comments

  1. He has a discutabel nazi-past. And not only past. He is dangerous. Outside love and peace. Inside dirt.

  2. He is not a true Buddhist. He is a money grubbing puppet, An empty robe, do some research and learn the truth about him

  3. Maybe he should just read the Bible. ” I give you all green plants bearing seed as meat.” Genesis 1:29

    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. 1 Timothy 4:3
    Yes Dali there you have it.

  4. Mr. Lama holds court on a number of subjects that fall under the realm of public policy…

  5. I was wondering how the Dalai Lama felt about alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar… Perhaps his statement would sound better if it was in the right context:

    Mr. Lama: What do I think about legalization of the plant cannabis? Well, you know, people shouldn’t walk around “with a crazy mind” from too much caffeine or too much beer. Or too much anger, like with a gun. Too much of anything is bad for you, really. So cannabis should be treated the same as alcohol, I suppose. What? Alcohol is legal and cannabis isn’t? Wow, that doesn’t sound fair! You can all own guns, but you can’t own a plant? Man, where have I been? What year is it? Why the f**k are you asking me all these silly questions? Nurse! Nurse!

  6. Joey that is foolish. His statements about marijuana and marxism ARE public policy statements whether you realize this or not.

  7. The Dali Lama has become a doddering old fool. He recently claimed he is a marxist, and as such, is karmically responsible for the death of millions by embracing marxism.

  8. Considering his religious beliefs, I would have been surprised if his opinion, about any recreational drug, was different.

    His feelings about prohibition, and legalization, is interesting though. America’s cannabis prohibition has, and is, so insidious, and deep rooted around the world, that only full legalization has any hope of uprooting it, and stopping the violence. Or, does he consider that stopping recreational use is more important than ending prohibition, and the nightmare it has brought?

  9. Nice to see that someone understands the difference between personal responsibility and public opinion. Nicely put Joey.

  10. Tell Dali that freedom is freedom. If he wants the freedom to practice his religion in his country, then we want the freedom to do the same.

  11. The Pope always makes news. I guess the Dalai Lama does too. I don’t care what “spiritual leaders” think, but I guess a lot of people do. I mean, neither of these people are doctors. If their comments are of use in a “cultural” sense, then I guess it matters what they say… shoot, I dunno.

  12. The Dalai Lama leads a pretty sheltered life, and it is my understanding that most practicing Buddhists abstain from mind altering substances, so I am not surprised at this. If someone were to explain to him the last 40 years of a failed war on drugs, and all the absurd consequences and lives ruined, he may (or may not) think differently.

  13. Who is the Dalai Lamai to define what is recreational or what is not. People have these cards for different reasons. Thats way too broad of a statement for someone one like that to say about a populous. I think he would have just said, I support marijuana use, if he wasn’t as high ranking as it was and wouldn’t rug shoulders wrong. Do I only smoke enough to just ease symptoms or destroy symptoms? Which doctor is ever to really say?

  14. Joey VanLeeuwen on

    I don’t think he’s against legalization, just against recreational use. As a worldwide religious leader, he’s really more about personal than public policy.

  15. Using any thing just to alter your mind is drug abuse and I include alcohol and tobacco, should you go to jail over it? No , but there lies the twist. If one was to use a substance with respect made a goal be it religious or self awareness. Eg Rastafarian, Indian or whatever I don’t see a problem , as a younger man I practiced meditation and canabis saved time and helped with questions Jaeger than myself. Now I need it for pain relief and other benefits. It also helped me kick bad habits.

  16. Alcohol᤾’s even worse. Legalization of medical is fine, everyone has a medical reason to smoke it. Sleep, eat, pain, anxiety, stress, etc. Just make it medical, we’ll take it from there and go see a doctor.

  17. Did someone explain to His Holiness that those caught with it have their lives ruined? I’m not certain he understood the implications, completely. Perhaps he would not personally endorse anyone using it for recreational purposes, but he would ALSO not endorse anyone being arrested (etc.) for doing so.

    I’m not a big fan of cigarettes. I don’t personally endorse anyone I know using cigarettes. But I don’t think they should become a part of the judicial system for using them.

    I would not take this statements as a *negative* endorsement of full legalization. I take his statements as an acknowledgement of its medical value.

  18. Did someone explain to His Holiness that those caught with it have their lives ruined? I’m not certain he understood the implications, completely. Perhaps he would not personally endorse anyone using it for recreational purposes, but he would ALSO not endorse anyone being arrested (etc.) for doing so.

    I’m not a big fan of cigarettes. I don’t personally endorse anyone I know using cigarettes. But I don’t think they should become a part of the judicial system for using them.

    I would not take this statements as a *negative* endorsement of full legalization. I take his statements as an acknowledgement of its medical value.

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