This is our archive of news items tagged Marijuana.

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Hawaii Cannabis Ministry: Religious use of marijuana seen as legal refuge

Cannabis The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry has organized a Cannabis Church Revival Tour promoting the religious use of marijuana and its potential as a legal defense against pot prosecution.

Founder Roger Christie touts religious use of cannabis as a legal refuge for marijuana users of all stripes protected by the First Amendment — as long as they are sincere. [Read more...]

Church of Cognizance founders can’t escape drug charges

Church of Cognizance Dan and Mary Quaintance in 1991 founded the Church of Cognizance, organized around the principle that marijuana is a deity and a sacrament.

A federal district court in New Mexico found that the couple’s beliefs were not religious and added that they failed to show that those beliefs were sincerely held.

On appeal, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on May 19 affirmed the denial of the couple’s RFRA defense in United States v. Quaintance. [Read more...]

Marijuana: Holy Smoke?

Marijuana smokers may enjoy soaring moods and hearty appetites but they also can suffer short-term memory loss and reduced intellect, an expert testified Friday.

Dr. Harold Kalant was providing his expert testimony on both the adverse effects and benefits of pot at a constitutional challenge by a Toronto church — the “Church of the Universe.” [Read more...]

Jury takes 14 minutes to convict self-proclaimed pot pastor

Steven Swallick Steven Swallick says he runs a ministry about marijuana. He says he mixed the marijuana with other ingredients to create anointing oil, a recipe he says he got out of the Bible.

But the jury didn’t have to address the religious issue, just whether he grew it, possessed it and stole electricity to do it. [Read more...]

Religion News Roundup: Atheism; Transcendental Meditation; Marijuana for religious use; and more

religion news In Today’s RNB Roundup, • Inmate says jailers interfered with his Satanic religious practices. • Rastafarians tells an Italian judge their pound of marijuana was for religious purposes. • Quick, sell your TV: The PTL Club may soon be back on the screen • A look at Scandinavia’s kinder, gentler atheists.

Also: • Leonard Cohen returns to the road, for reasons practical and spiritual, • Transcendental Meditation taught in American schools. And more… [Read more...]