Marijuana has been used for religious purposes for thousands of years
This is intended as a commentary of the historical religious use of marijuana, modern religious use, and the legal implications of marijuana law VS the freedom of religion. There are a number of books that have been written regarding ancient and modern religious use of marijuana. Chris Bennett is perhaps the global expert on ancient religious use of marijuana and has written several books on the subject. I would recommend his books for a thorough study of the subject. There are various other authors as well that you might want to consider for a full study of the subject.
It may be surprising to many of you that religious use of marijuana is found in Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and scores of various other religions. The United States of America claims to have freedom of religion, yet in cases where religious use of marijuana have come up the defendants have been denied to make a religious use defense in front of a Jury. Churches that have used marijuana as a religious sacrament are often prosecuted as conspirators, their homes and property confiscated, children taken away, and they are denied a religious use defense in front of a jury. Once convicted in this “Mickey Mouse” judicial process they are sentenced to exceedingly long sentences under the conspiracy laws.
The question that we have to ask ourselves, are the people that use cannabis or marijuana for sacramental purposes criminals? The United States Government has made provisions for the American Indians to use peyote as a sacrament. Why is using marijuana as a religious sacrament such a problem for the Government? Perhaps their real problem is with GOD.
GOD the Criminal? Leader of the religious use conspiracy under US Law ?
Under US law and the laws of many other countries, God is a criminal and conspirator. God by his own admission made all illegal plants and commands his followers to use these plants as meat and as sacraments. The followers of God are also conspirators in Gods illegal activities under Gods direction. Gods true name is unknown. We know of Gods illegal activities through a Book called the Bible, put together by his followers.
In Genesis 1:11 God admits to manufacturing all illegal plants:
Genesis 1:11 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
Then in Genesis 1:29 King James Version God gives his followers all legal and illegal plants including marijuana, and commands them to use them as meat:
Genesis 1:29 “And God said, 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.”
Then in Genesis 30:23 God commands his followers to make a Holy Anointing Oil with 6 pounds of marijuana as an ingredient.
Exodus 30:23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of Kaneh Bosem (marijuana) two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary : it shall be an holy anointing oil.
Then in Exodus 30:26 God commands his followers to anoint (to pour) this marijuana based oil over the alter of incense, the alter of burn offering, and other items to make them Holy. By doing this all members of the Church inhale the marijuana based oil when the incense is burnt.
Exodus 30:26 Then use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, 27 the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29 You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
Then in Exodus 30:30 God commands his priests to be anointed with this marijuana based oil:
30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.