I know individuals who look askance at marijuana but can and do medicate themselves into a near-stupor with a doctor’s permission. Legality is not morality, and all mind-altering drugs should be considered in the context of purpose, necessity, and effect.
So is it moral to smoke marijuana if one can maintain self-control? Can it merely “gladden the heart” without leading to something like drunkenness? Those are the key questions, and they’re not going away.
Welcome to the new normal.
I can’t remember where, but I read an opinion piece by another fellow Christian who seemed to think you can’t smoke any marijuana without becoming stoned, but that’s bullshit; just as you can have a drink and not get drunk, just enjoy a pleasant sense of relaxation, so too could one partake of only a small amount of marijuana, as opposed to a larger amount, and enjoy some effects without full-out intoxication. It’s no different from the difference between having a cup of coffee and having four cups of coffee: the cup of coffee will be pleasantly stimulating, but downing four cups of coffee may get your heart racing and give you nervous jitters – there’s a difference between getting mild stimulation and getting outright wired.
All drugs work this way; the basic principle of pharmacology is this: for every substance, there exists a dosage, a concentration / amount so small, as to have zero effect; but the flipside is, a large enough concentration / amount of any substance will kill you. Every substance works that way, including beneficial drugs without narcotic or psychotropic effects.
No reason to think there’s something magical, dangerously bad about certain ones, that any amount whatsoever of them is automatically going to have negative effects.