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Pastors Have Faith
in Medical
Marijuana Treatment
Marijuana has long been a target of condemnation in minority churches. And for good reason: Pastors have seen how the racially biased enforcement of marijuana laws has impacted their communities and congregations. 

But three pastors in Florida reflect a national trend in changing attitudes toward cannabis, particularly its legal use for medicinal purposes. Dr. Erta C. Livingston Jr., Pastor Leo Stoney and Dr. Lonnie Davis Wesley III, all support medical marijuana as a physician-authorized treatment, saying its use is no different than taking any prescribed drug.
Dr. Livingston is the Senior Pastor of the Church of God by Faith #1 in Gainesville and Director of Patient Services for UF Health Jacksonville. Working in hospitals has changed his perspective about the use of medical marijuana to treat people in pain.  

“I see pain every day. I lay hands on them, I do all the spiritual things I need to do, but sometimes the pain continues. So, in a compassionate way, I want to support whatever it takes to relieve pain. If medical marijuana is prescribed by a doctor, you have my support. I’m not going to put you on the altar and send you to hell.”

Added Pastor Stoney of The MaxOut Church in Melbourne: “This is definitely a taboo topic because we are pastors, right? I go back to this. If there's medicine for cancer, there's medicine for COVID now, and there's medicine for everything else, why can't there be a medicine prescribed by a doctor that has been tested and proven to make someone in pain feel better?”

Dr. Wesley of the Greater Little Rock Baptist Church in Pensacola said congregants really shouldn’t concern themselves with a church’s position on medical marijuana. 

“It isn’t the church's business what medicine your doctor has prescribed for your medical care,” he stressed. “Do what you have to do medically to help you have a better quality of life.” 

The pastors all agreed that education about medical marijuana was key to their acceptance of the drug. On the topic of recreational marijuana, all three voiced reservations on legalizing it regardless of whether that’s done by the state or federal government. 

Click here to watch MMERI’s Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum featuring Reverend Lonnie Wesley (Greater Little Rock Baptist Church), Pastor Leo Stoney (MaxOut Church), Elder Doctor Erta Livingston (Church of God by Faith #1 in Gainesville) on YouTube. Visit MMERI’s website at

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How to Get Medical Marijuana in Florida
Only a qualified physician can recommend medical marijuana in Florida. However, a patient still must get a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Card to obtain the drug from an approved treatment center.
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What People Are Saying About Marijuana

During each Conversations on Cannabis virtual forum, we ask audience members to share their views or experiences.

“I received my medical marijuana card while on probation after being incarcerated and sentenced to 10 years probation. Each time I went to test for drugs and gave my medical reasons, I no longer had to do a drug test. I am also an advocate for the legalization of the plant homegrown operations in Florida and presently Tallahassee. I pray and hope the religious population does not hold deep seated prejudice towards me and my household because I am doing the right thing by following the law,” W.T. in Tallahassee, FL.

“My father passed away from pancreatic cancer seven years ago. Chemotherapy would wipe my dad out. He couldn’t keep down food or anything to drink. His oncologist prescribed him some THC pills, and that helped him tremendously! My dad was able to eat and drink water again. If it wasn’t for those pills, my dad wouldn’t have made it past his first two weeks of chemo,” C.S. from the United States.
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