Ask NORML: Viability of the Religious Use Defense

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director June 6, 2011

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    47 responses to “Ask NORML: Viability of the Religious Use Defense”

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    2. Thomas K. Stirling says:

      …excerpt from the Gospel of Peace by the Essenes states: …”Obey, therefore, the words of God: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is breath of life, I give every green herb for meat”. …In terms of a trace element profile, when grown properly with rich supplementation, Ganja is a very efficient accumulator of the trace elements of the platinum group spectrum, which in turn, equates to Manna or “Ormes”; heat sensitive, piezoelectric, mono atomic crystalline metal salts that nourish the ka or light body, as well as many other positive effects, such as repairing the “springyness” of DNA, eradicating cancer, etc.. Manna is the sacrament that Moses fed to his disciples crossing the desert. This is far older than the Ras’ta’farr’ian(prince, to be feared, prince, to be respected) bible, yet still the same basis. Time for an EVOLUTION. There is the quantifiable scientific basis for the religious historical argument; it’s up to you folks, to do the rest!!!!!!! Manna translates into light!!! Let truth shine bright! For further info research ORME’s(mono-atomic gold)David hudson’s lectures or read; Laurence Gardner’s book “Lost secrets of the Sacred Arc”!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    4. Bryan says:

      WTB transcript, or text based article.

    5. The American Genesist says:

      “Genesists believe in God and God’s Sacrament.”

      Genesis I:11, 12.
      Genesis I:29, 30, 31 – “The Sixth Day.”
      Genesis IX:3.
      Ezekiel “The Prophet” XXXIV:29,30,31.
      Exodus XXX:22-29.

      The Genesist Faith began on “The Sixth Day” of our creation. This makes it the oldest Faith in the history of mankind. “The Reformation” began in 1990. Any monotheistic religion reflects the belief and trust in the Genesist Faith as a “Distinctive Faith within that religion” as referenced above. Man’s law is incidental to God’s Law – and – the “Establishment Clause” in the First Amendment of the Constitution supersedes any and all law that proscribes laws prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The “establishment” of religion can be of this very day – and – carry the full effect of the law as if it were day one.

      Establishment Clause.“Without exemption (circumscription – qualification) no person(s) shall make any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

      Religious Exercise means: 1.) any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to a system of religious belief. 2.) any conduct protected as exercise of religion under the first amendment of the Constitution.

      Free Exercise means: That portion of the first amendment to the Constitution that proscribes laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion and includes the application of that proscription under the 14th amendment to the Constitution.

      Manna [Food from God] is our Sacrament.

      Received [with] thanksgiving, Manna is a divine benevolence – God’s sign of that which is sacred, a visible form of God’s invisible grace, a religious rite that confers special grace. In CDXX Communion a Genesist’s individual eternal spirit embraces the Spirit of God “within” – the individual eternal spirit of the essence reaching out to receive the spirit of the Source – a ceaseless flow of energy – “Equilibrium of the Soul.” Everything that is given to us by God is good – very good. God’s attributes are
      immutable. God has given us all things. Whatever God has given endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken away from it. God has made it so.

      The green herb/Manna/food/meat is regarded as a gift from God, and eating sacred.

      God’s Sacrament, this blessed plant Manna – is a significant part of a Genesist’s everyday religious life. Genesists have an intrinsic relationship with our Sacrament. By honoring Manna as our Sacrament, by keeping God’s statutes, Genesists enjoy the ordinances of our Faith. Genesists believe in, and honor God’s will, word and blessing.

      Yes! Man i.e. the federal government will not accept our Faith and Sacrament – but then – that’s our grievance. Therefore – Genesists invoke a “Conscience Clause” – and frankly – man/government can “suck egg!”

    6. Little Gypsy says:

      How many of OUR freedoms are they going to take away in the War on drugs and the war on marijuana? Marijuna is a HERB. How can they outlaw a herb? Any laws that are unjust should be broken. Period. If your religion uses marijuana as a sacrement …use it as a sacrement.

    7. Aging Hippie says:

      Religious use is the same BS as Medical Marijuana defense. Stop beating around the bush and get back to full legalization.

      Stop making sick people break Federal Law!

    8. DdC says:

      “Neither the trappings of robes, nor temples of stone, nor a fixed liturgy, nor an extensive literature or history is required to meet the test of beliefs cognizable under the Constitution as religious. So far as our law is concerned, one person’s religious beliefs held for one day are presumptively entitled to the same protection as the beliefs of millions which have been shared for thousands of years.”
      — Judge Jack Weinstein, New York State, 1977


    9. Villein says:

      If the ACLU really wanted to do something for this country, they’d take a cannabis case all the way to the supreme court with religion as a defense. You can’t tell me Rastafarians aren’t being arrested for small quantities.