The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Vol: 20 Issue: 29 Thursday, May 29, 2003
The Liberal government of Jean Chr tien in Canada is considering passage of a schizophrenic law that seeks to decriminalize possession of a half-ounce or less of marijuana, while increasing penalties on dealers.
The bill would make those found in possession of less than 15 grams (about a half-ounce) of marijuana would be subject to a ticket and a small fine. The bill would also call for a reduction in criminal charges for those who grow twenty-five marijuana plants or less.
The Chr tien government dismissed arguments that decriminalization will mean more young people will become marijuana users, but the government envisions a two-tier system of fines that suggests the opposite.
Violators would be ticketed and ordered to pay fines ranging from [CDN] $150 to $400 ($110-$300 US) for adults and [CDN] $100 to $250 ($60-$180 US) for youths — making the drug much more user-friendly if one is under 18. “What kind of deterrence is that?” asks Albert Justice Minister Dave Hancock.
The law hasn t passed Parliament although the Liberals hope to push the bill through by the end of the year.
According to Canadian Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, (equivalent to the US Attorney General) a majority of Canadians favor the planned decriminalization. The fact is that the majority of provincial governments, the majority of provincial legislators and the majority of Canadian law enforcement officials all OPPOSE it.
Alberta Solicitor General Heather Forsyth said the bill tabled in Parliament on Tuesday will give large scale growers an open invitation to crank up marijuana operations as the market expands.
“The concern I have is that when you decriminalize you’re going to get more and more grow operations opening up,” Forsyth said. “B.C. is facing a horrific problem with grow operations and Alberta is in a similar position.”
Since the election of George Bush, Prime Minister Jean Chr tien has adopted an unofficial policy of deliberately taking the most antagonistic position possible in any US-Canada dialogue.
The United States is VERY concerned about the proposed measure and has communicated its position clearly. John Walters, the U.S. drug czar, cautioned the Canadian government that this law would hamper the economic relationship enjoyed between Canada and the United States because of stricter border enforcement.
US opposition to the bill spurred the Chr tien government to new heights of antagonistic rhetoric.
“What assurances can this government give us that its pet project on marijuana isn’t going to jeopardize legitimate trade with the United States?” exclaimed Canadian Alliance leader Stephen Harper.
Justice Cauchon sneered, “Canada is a different place with different values.”
I would have to take exception to Cauchon s statement. Conceding that Canada is a different place, the average Canadian s values are not too dissimilar to the average Americans.
Canadian politics would be a mystery to Americans (as it is to most Canadians) since Canadians have no direct say in who actually leads the country.
In Canada, national elections are by strict party line. A voter chooses his representative to Parliament. The party with the most representatives becomes the majority and they pick the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister then picks his Cabinet.
As a consequence, the Prime Minister s values reflect the POLITICAL values of the majority party.
That is not the same thing as saying his moral values reflect the values of the average Canadian. The average Canadian doesn t start his day by looking for ways to antagonize Americans. The average Canadian doesn t smoke dope and doesn t want the government telling his kids that it s all right. And finally, the AVERAGE Canadian isn t stupid.
I live within sight of the United States and less than three miles of the second busiest border crossing on the US-Canadian border. Canada exports 85% of its international trade to the United States through border crossings like this one.
Marijuana smuggling from Canada to the United States has already skyrocketed and Washington has made it clear that if the decriminalization goes forward, it will institute a border crack-down, forcing long delays at border crossings already backed up due to increased anti-terror security measures.
Adding anti-drug security means longer delays, increasing shipping costs and possible trade sanctions that will increase the cost of Canadian exports to US consumers and drive down Canada s competitive edge. Stupid.
But again, this is stupidity in keeping with the overall outline of Bible prophecy for the last days. The word sorceries appears five times in the King James Bible, twice in the Old Testament and three times in the New.
The Hebrew word translated as sorceries is ‘kesheph’, which means magic arts. In two other places, ‘kesheph’ is translated as ‘witchcraft’.
In Acts 8:11, the word translated sorceries is from the Greek word magea which also means magic arts or, sorceries.
In the Book of the Revelation the book addressed to the generation that would witness its unfolding we find the two remaining references to sorceries .
Revelation 18:23 tells us, And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Revelation 9:21 gives the reasons for the unfolding judgments against an unrepentant and Christ-rejecting world. Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
In both of these cases, the word sorceries is translated from the Greek word pharmakea , which means the use or administration of drugs and is the source of the English word pharmacy .
It’s clear that if John intended to imply that the thefts, fornications and so forth were the result of magic or witchcraft, he would have used a word that MEANS magic or witchcraft. But in all the Scripture, the only place where sorceries is translated from ‘pharmakea’ is in the Book addressed to the last generation.
Note the context of the sorceries that bewitch the last generation before the return of Christ. Deception, murder, fornication and theft.
Compare that to the handmaidens of drug abuse. One cannot illegally use drugs and admit it openly, so a drug abuser lives, by definition, a life of deception and lies. Drugs and drug gangs are responsible for uncounted murders annually. Drugs have turned Columbia into a lawless 19th century frontier.
Illegal drugs are expensive and the vast majority of prostitutes are drug abusers who sell themselves to support their drug habits. Most drug addicts who are not prostitutes are thieves who steal to support their drug habits.
Think about it! Two thousand years ago, the prophet John, in exile on the island of Patmos, wrote that the last generation would be characterized by rampant drug abuse that would result in widespread deception, murder, sexual immorality and theft. And that the nations of the world would eventually embrace it.
Remember that Jesus said that when these things BEGIN to come to pass, our redemption is so close we are to keep looking up.
Guess what, folks. These things are beginning to come to pass.