The Dalai Lama supports medical marijuana use, but does not support recreational marijuana use. According to Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, the Dalai Lama is 'the rebirth in a line of tulkus who are considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara.'
The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking at an event hosted by former Mexican president Vicente Fox, said that "the exception" for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues.
"But otherwise if it's just an issue of somebody (using the drug to have) a crazy mind, that's not good," he said after being asked his position on legalization at the outdoor event at the ex-president's Fox Center in the central state of Guanajuato. - According to France 24.
I'm always encouraged when spiritual leaders come out in support of medical marijuana. I would have liked to have seen the Dalai Lama come out in support of full marijuana legalization, but maybe he just needs to know more about the failed policies of marijuana prohibition.
How do readers feel about the Dalai Lama's recent comments? Do you feel that they are significant? What other spiritual leaders would you like to see come out in support of medical marijuana?