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Sri Lankan religious leaders oppose cannabis cultivation

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Sri Lankan religious leaders oppose cannabis cultivation

Christian and Buddhist clerics alarmed by recent debate on legalizing the narcotic

 

Sri Lankan religious leaders say they are saddened by the efforts of some groups to promote cannabis cultivation at a time when the government is taking strong measures to eradicate drugs from the country.

Ven. Ittapana Dhammalankara Thera, chief prelate of Kotte Sri Kalayani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha of Siyam Maha Nikaya, said the government should take immediate action to stop all promotions related to cannabis.

"Regular drug raids should be further strengthened and action should be taken to eradicate narcotics from the country. At the same time, the government should make every effort to strictly enforce laws and eradicate drugs including cannabis from the country," he said.

Experts claim that the country can generate high revenue from the cultivation of cannabis. Recent research has shown that if drugs based on cannabis are manufactured and exported, it will be possible to earn more foreign exchange than is earned from all exports.

Sri Lanka has become a major transit point for traffickers as well as suffering from widespread drug addiction. Cannabis and heroin have become the top two narcotic scourges in the country. Concerns are growing about drug abuse among young people including children.

 

Cannabis cultivation is banned even though it is allowed to be grown in sufficient quantities as it is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, but some people argue that other countries allow the cultivation of cannabis. Legalization of cannabis has become a hot topic on social media.

Ven. Dhammalankara Thera said if cannabis cultivation is permitted, the entire nation will be destroyed.

"The media should take steps to curb the promotion of cannabis and the issue of cultivation creates a national problem," said Ven. Dhammalankara Thera addressing a press conference convened by the Sri Lankan Temperance Association at the All-Ceylon Buddhist Congress on Sept. 22 in Colombo.

Top Buddhist monks, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and medical officers are involved with the Sri Lanka Temperance Association.

According to the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, around 97,000 people are addicted to heroin and some 400,000 are addicted to cannabis.

Ven. Dhammalankara Thera said ministers should help the president in his efforts to rid the country of the menace of drugs. About 40,000 people die every year in Sri Lanka due to smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.

Ven. Thirikunamale Ananda Thera, Mahanayake of Amarapura Chapter, said some people promote cannabis by promoting Ayurveda medicine. "These people promote drugs on social media. We ask them not to give such publicity," he said.

Cardinal Ranjith said: “We have heard from the media that some international organizations and embassies are also discussing legalizing cannabis and even certain ministers have made comments on the use of cannabis.”

He added that he is happy with the government's efforts to control drugs.

The prelate urged the government to continue to take stern action against drugs. "If cannabis is legalized, it will create another menace in the country," he said.

Cardinal Ranjith issued a pastoral letter in April 2019 urging all parishes and church institutions to denounce drug peddlers.

Catholics priests and other religious leaders have also organized rallies against the increased abuse of illegal drugs.

Former president Maithripala Sirisena vowed to implement capital punishment for drug traffickers. During his tenure as president, the government advertised for the position of hangman and more than 100 people applied for the post.

 

https://www.ucanews.com/news/sri-lankan-religious-leaders-oppose-cannabis-cultivation/89629#

 

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13 hours ago, bongme said:

the government advertised for the position of hangman and more than 100 people applied for the post.

 

 And those applicants could be living next door :shock: Terrible stuff to persecute Cannabis and it's peaceful happy followers.

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Sri Lankan Christian and Buddhist religious leaders should be opposing fucking capital punishment, killing people wasn't something that either Jesus or the Buddha approved of. Hypocritical cunts.

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7 minutes ago, Boojum said:

Sri Lankan Christian and Buddhist religious leaders should be opposing fucking capital punishment, killing people wasn't something that either Jesus or the Buddha approved of. Hypocritical cunts.

I have an image in my mind, Marty Feldman saying "theres religion for you"

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24 minutes ago, Rex Mundi said:

killing people wasn't something that either Jesus or the Buddha approved of

 

  No need to say that again and as for Buddha. . . he killed himself on a trip apparently:sadwalk:

 

ETA:- @Boojum should be quoted above

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1 hour ago, schmoak said:

 

  No need to say that again and as for Buddha. . . he killed himself on a trip apparently:sadwalk:

 

ETA:- @Boojum should be quoted above


Buddha died from eating pork (seriously pork). And for someone who has Budd in his name how can he be so against it. They also used to put weed in saunas it’s in the a - z guide of Buddhism. 
 

all religions are hypocrites, how can the catholic pass around wine at a service yet look down on a pot smoker. Alcohol is yeasts piss, a microbial excretion. Weed grows on trees man. God gave us it.

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4 hours ago, Whatwentwrong said:


Buddha died from eating pork (seriously pork)

 

Perhaps he should have ordered No.42 instead, but can we be sure?..

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha#Last_days_and_parinirvana ...

Modern scholars (:rolleyes:) also disagree on this topic, arguing both for pig's flesh or some kind of plant or mushroom that pigs like to eat.

 

I'm willing to concede there were no reindeer in the region and so he went for the local brew? Sort of a 50/50?

 

 

 

 

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23 hours ago, bongme said:

Cannabis cultivation is banned even though it is allowed to be grown in sufficient quantities as it is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine

 

says it all really.. 

 

 

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16 hours ago, Whatwentwrong said:


Buddha died from eating pork (seriously pork). And for someone who has Budd in his name how can he be so against it. They also used to put weed in saunas it’s in the a - z guide of Buddhism. 
 

all religions are hypocrites, how can the catholic pass around wine at a service yet look down on a pot smoker. Alcohol is yeasts piss, a microbial excretion. Weed grows on trees man. God gave us it.

Think it was Pope Innocent III that had a big downer on it and other herbal remedies, reckoned  mankind needed no medicine as the Lord would fix (or not) all problems as he saw fit.

 

If it wasn't for a mistranslation by some Greek geezer the bible would show that Jesus himself was a huge advocate of cannabis and used it in many of his "miracles".

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Whatwentwrong said:

Buddha died from eating pork (seriously pork).

 

The moral of this story (as related to me by a Sri Lankan Buddhist) is that religious "rules" are merely guidelines, there's no need to be a dick about it.

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39 minutes ago, Simple Jack said:

 

The moral of this story (as related to me by a Sri Lankan Buddhist) is that religious "rules" are merely guidelines, there's no need to be a dick about it.


 

What, you quote a factual item “Buddha died from eating pork” and call me a dick. Buddha died from eating pork, this is a fact, google it you moron before throwing insults about. And Buddhists used weed in saunas this is also true.

 

you are the prime example of why religions should be booted off the earth. If the truth doesn’t fit into your belief structure then the person saying it must be a dick yeah. 
 

ignorant prick. Learn to google before posting.

 

also Buddhists rules may be guidelines but the Ten Commandments are written in stone (or are supposed to be). Do or be condemned to hell. Hardly a religious world view you have there is it.

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@Whatwentwrong - I wasn't calling you a dick!!!

 

What I meant was, the moral of the story is there is no need to be a dick about religious "rules". If pork is all there is to eat, it is better to eat pork rather than starve, even if that goes against convention. 

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Just now, Simple Jack said:

@Whatwentwrong - I wasn't calling you a dick!!!

 

What I meant was, the moral of the story is there is no need to be a dick about religious "rules". If pork is all there is to eat, it is better to eat pork rather than starve, even if that goes against convention. 


mate you mental, someone said he died on a trip, I corrected it to the actual reason. 
 

it is quite an odd thing to die from.

 

and no, you were clearly calling me a dick, and again, very narrow minded view. Fuck, you can get stoned in Muslim countries for doing something that is against their religion. Ie eating pork.

 

buddha was not Muslim, I did not intend it to be anything other than factual. Buddha eating pork did not violate the rules of Buddhism. It’s just an odd thing to die of. 

 

Smoking weed does not make us immoral and any new business that can boost a developing nations economy should be received greatly not thrown down by religions.

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2 minutes ago, Whatwentwrong said:

 

and no, you were clearly calling me a dick, and again, very narrow minded view.

 

You have totally got hold of the wrong end of the stick. I liked your post, and was trying to add to it constructively.

 

Religious intolerance often stems from over-adherence to commandments, injunctions etc. The fact that Buddha died breaking a major taboo, illustrates (to some Buddhists) that religious rules should be tempered with pragmatism. 

 

That's all :yinyang:

 

 

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Sweet, then sorry. It felt like you were calling me a dick for getting the Buddhist religion wrong

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