Question about cannabis and joining Freemasons...

I have heard that potential applicants may be rejected due to overly moderate drinking. I am curious if this 'use only with moderation' idea also extends to smoking marijuana. Is using any amount of cannabis altogether banned so-to-speak? Would the use of it deny someone acceptance?

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Jan 16, 2015
by: Fred

Seriously? There are no provisions in Freemasonry for or against the use of alcohol or drugs perse. You will not be asked about it. The main concern about alcohol or Cannibas use, is the result of the use at Masonic functions. Many jurisdictions do not allow drinking at masonic functions for legal and liability reasons.

Jan 16, 2015
Another issue
by: Tharn

While the Craft has no position for or against drugs, there is an expectation that Masons will obey the law of the place theyare living in. Without in any way wishing it on anyone, a Mason who is convicted on a drug charge (in the same way as with any other breach of the law) could potentially find himself expelled.

Jan 16, 2015
A list of Masonic qualifications...
by: Tim

There is no list of activities that states, "If you do this too much, or that too little your petition will be rejected." That's not how it works. While the Masonic fraternity is a worldwide organization, it begins locally. Which means that should you decide to petition for membership it must be to a lodge in the area in which you reside. And, you must have held residence in that area for a minimum amount of time (generally six months.) The idea being that people in the area will know you, either personally or by reputation.

First, you will need two members of the fraternity to sign your petition, essentially recommending you for membership. These will be men who know you personally and believe you meet the moral and ethical qualifications of being a Mason. They won't sign your petition otherwise.

Second, assuming no objection at the first reading of your petition, an investigating committee will be assigned. Your petition must contain the names and contact information of references of your choosing. The investigating committee members will contact your references. They will want to meet with you and your spouse or loved ones to explain, answer questions, and to further their assessment of your qualifications. Following their investigation they will report back to the Lodge and make a recommendation as to whether your petition should be approved or rejected.

Third, the members of the Lodge will vote on your petition. In some Masonic jurisdictions only one dissenting vote is required to reject a petition; the most I've heard of is three.

Fourth, at any point during this process an objection can be raised by a current member who believes there is just cause to object to your petition.

Only after your petition has successfully cleared and survived all these hurdles will you be a properly elected candidate. And even then, throughout the initiatory processes there are opportunities for objections to be raised should new information or concerns come to light.

This is not a process to be rushed or a commitment to be taken lightly, but most Masons will agree that their only regret in becoming a Mason is that they didn't do it sooner.

Now, in light of all it takes to become a Mason wouldn't it be nice if it were as simple as a list of things you should or couldn't do?

Thanks for the question. Hope this helps clear the haze.



Jan 18, 2015
Just answer the question
by: John

Clear the haze? Son, you blowed enough smoke to spoil a CAVU day. Just answer the man's question, like the two before you done.

So long as you're a good, law-abiding man who takes care of his family and meets his responsibilities we don't need to know every detail of your life.

OTOH, should your activities bring shame, dishonor or in any way damage the reputation of the fraternity, then yeah, we got ourselves a situation.

Dec 02, 2020
Be a pillar.
by: Anonymous

Well said John.

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