Despite criticism from some religious leaders who have called on her to resign her post, Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP's California chapter, said last week that she will not retract her support of an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state, according to an article in the San Jose Mercury News. She believes that Proposition 19 would "be a good first step in reforming marijuana laws," especially for African Americans who she feels are targeted, creating a "permanent underclass." What do you, as a religious leader, think about Proposition 19? Do you think it will reform marijuana laws, or do you side with Sacramento preacher Ron Allen, who says the NAACP's support of Proposition 19 "disregards the harm illicit drugs cause to the black community," and to a greater extent, other communities?
One of the things I've learned as a minister is that one must pick one's battles, and maybe picking one's battles is what we all do, anyway.