Today, I want to talk to you about a subject that is close to our hearts as cannabis users and advocates: race and the importance of recognizing our shared humanity.
As we gather here today, it is important to remember that we come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, but we are united by our love for cannabis and our belief in the power of science and faith. We are part of a larger community of individuals who are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world for all people.
However, it is important to acknowledge that we still live in a world where race plays a significant role in how people are treated and perceived. Systemic racism, discrimination, and prejudice continue to affect people of color in profound ways, leading to disparities in education, health, and economic opportunities.
As members of this church, we must stand against all forms of injustice and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable world. We must recognize that while we come from different backgrounds, we are all part of the same human family, and we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Cannabis can play an important role in bringing people together and helping us see past our differences. When we use cannabis, we are able to connect with others on a deeper level and recognize the humanity in all people. We can use cannabis to create a space where people of all races, genders, and backgrounds can come together and celebrate our shared humanity.
But using cannabis is not enough. We must also be committed to taking action to create a more just and equitable world. We must work to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination, support policies that promote equality, and actively engage in anti-racist work.
As we enjoy cannabis, let us also remember that we are all part of the same race, the human race. Let us work towards creating a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their race or background.
In closing, I leave you with this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Let us work towards making that dream a reality.