The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics sauntered into theological territory during a Facebook discussion on medical marijuana.
The law enforcement agency posted an anti-weed story on its social media page, and pro-pot advocate Shelly Garrison McMillan commented that Jesus used marijuana as anointing oil in the Bible, reported Alternet.
McMillan said she’s been commenting on the bureau’s Facebook page for about a year and has been banned twice for disputing various claims about drugs.
“They are not exactly being honest,” she said.
This time, the bureau’s Facebook administrator drew from his or her religious background to argue with McMillan’s claims.
“Anointing oil in The Bible is not cannabis,” the bureau’s social media administrator claimed. “Hebrew tradition clearly taught the use of holy anointing using olive oil. Psalm 92, a psalm for the Sabbath. In verse 10, it says, ‘But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.’ God expects us to have fresh oil because when oil gets stagnant, it becomes stale.”
“The word ‘fresh’ in Hebrew is raanan which means ‘green,'” the administrator continued. “Notice that extra virgin olive oil is green. Green speaks of newness or youth. So the oil has to be of the new covenant because the oil of the old covenant is stale.”
The bureau then supplied a recipe for anointing oil described in Exodus.
Another pro-pot advocate, Joshua Lewelling, jumped into the discussion.
“Speaking of the Holy Bible, let’s take a look at Genesis, chapter one vs 29,” said Lewelling, who launched petition to put medical marijuana before voters this year. “‘And I give you every seed-bearing plant to use for food for it is good’ and who are YOU to tell me otherwise?”
The bureau argued that marijuana cannot be used as food.
“Joshua, that verse in Genesis is talking about God’s plan for providing food to sustain life, not for getting intoxicated,” the page administrator said. “Just because it was created by God doesn’t mean it is ‘good’ inside the human body….”
The American Civil Liberties Union took a screen shot of the discussion and issued a statement mocking the bureau.
“Apparently the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is now answering your theological questions. Have a question? Call them at (800) 522-8031,” the ACLU posted on its own Facebook page.