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Pastor Makes Stunning Revelation About What He Let Parishioners Do To Their Child

A pastor has recently admitted to knowingly aiding some parishioners in illegal activity. This activity, however, was meant to save their child.

An unlikely champion for medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania was Pastor Shawn Berkebile. The pastor of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbotstown would have never dreamed at one time that he would be supporting marijuana. He never dreamed he would support parishioners who admitted to him that they were breaking the law. But the pastor realized that he might have had a higher calling in this matter.

In 2013, parishioners Matt and Angie Sharrer were torn up about treating their daughter with medical marijuana. Annie, who was 9 years old at the time, was suffering from epileptic seizures. Medical marijuana seemed like the only thing that helped, but it was illegal in Pennsylvania.

“They came to me as a confession,” Berkebile tells Fox News. “They were gonna do it to save their daughter, and they wanted me to know as pastor.”

Berkebile initially struggled with the confession. His parishioners were breaking the law by smuggling marijuana in from another state. But the pastor didn't think it would be right to call the authorities and turn in the desperate family. Nor did he think it was right to discourage them from their decision.

After some research on medical uses of marijuana, Berkebile realized that he had to take a stand.

“If this was my child, I would do it the same way,” Berkebile said. "I would jump in and I would go through every hoop imaginable. I would break the law.”

The pastor encouraged the Sharrers to go public with their story, and he stood up with them. He knew they were risking arrest, but thankfully, that never came. Instead, Pennsylvania began issuing permits for medical marijuana facilities.

Annie, now 13, has controlled seizures, and her condition is markedly improved. The pastor believes the family's story helped paved the way for legalizing medical marijuana in the state. "I see medical cannabis as a way of giving hope to families that lost hope a while ago,” said Berkebile.

The pastor hopes that every state will eventually legalize marijuana for medical use. "To say it has no medical value is sinful,” Berkebile said. "It’s just abusive. It’s—as one of my colleagues said in the Pennsylvania legislature—it’s legislative child abuse. And I agreed."

The health benefits of medical marijuana are well documented, according to Time Magazine. In 79 randomized trials, they note, "The studies evaluated marijuana’s ability to relieve a range of symptoms including nausea from chemotherapy, loss of appetite among HIV positive patients, multiple sclerosis spasms, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, psychosis and Tourette syndrome."

Even with all the research, legislation has been slow to catch on. Only 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Up to 14 more states could also jump on the bandwagon in the next year, as they have some kind of marijuana legislation under review. In addition, Canada is set to implement legalization next year, and Israel is working on legalizing the exportation of cannabis. This may continue to push the U.S. towards federal approval and legalization of the drug, at least for medical use.

Source: Fox News
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