Guide for medical cannabis ministers
and medical marijuana ministers
This is a Guide for medical cannabis ministers and medical marijuana ministers.
This Guide outlines some of the topics you may need to prepare for in order to have a successful legal defense in both federal (U.S.) and state (California) court for working as a medical marijuana minister or medical cannabis minister in a California medical cannabis collective, dispensary, or cooperative.
Exact material will vary greatly by religion. I provide examples from my own religion, although many of the examples may not apply to your religion. You will want to prepare your own defense, probably with the help of a lawyer skilled in first amendment and criminal law.
The courts often consider the nature of divinity in determining if a religion is legally valid.
(1) a belief, not necessarily referring to supernatural powers; Fellowship of Humanity v. County of Alameda
Adherents to many religions believe that there is another dimension, place, mode, or temporality, and they often believe that these places are inhabited by spirits, souls, forces, deities, and other sorts of inchoate or intangible entities. United States of America v David Meyers
religious freedom reply to IRS standards
In Torcaso v. Watkins, the Court broke the theistic mold which had theretofore restricted the American legal definition of religion. According to the Court, the first amendment precluded government from aiding those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs. The Court noted that [a]mong religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism and others. This expanded position reflected a recognition of the great diversity of religious beliefs in modern America. by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom
Kemetic or ancient Egyptian religion
The English word nature comes from the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) word Ntr.
Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) hieroglyph for Ntr
Ntr is the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) name for the Divine. The neteru is the ancient Egyptian name for the ancient Egyptian Deities and Goddesses.
Ntr is written in Roman letters as Ntr, Ntr, Neter, Netjer, or Netcher. The underlined t represents the sound tch (or tj).
Ntr is the worlds first written word for the Divine or Supreme Goddess.
The word deity is indicated by adding the determinative for male deity to the hieroglyph Ntr. The word Goddess is indicated by adding the determinative for female goddess to the hieroglyph Ntr.
The native word for hieroglyphs was Medu Ntr, which literally meant Divine writing. The English word hieroglyph comes from Greek, which literally meant sacred writing.
It was called Divine writing because it was created by Goddess Seshat and provided to humans by Djehuti (Thoth) and Aset (Isis). These are divine acts. Divine acts require the existince of the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) divine. This is supernatural power in action.
The Medu Ntr (hieroglyph) for Ntr looks like a flag because in the pre-dynastic period roadside shirnes were marked with long pennant flags on a very tall flagpole.
These shrines for the divine were typically located at reliable water. The tall divine flags, visible for long distances, were markers for divine waters. Thankful and worshipful travellers left offerings at the shrines.
As the North African Great lakes dried up and turned into the Sahara Desert, refugees worshiped and thanked the Kemetic (ancient Egytian) Divine at the water Goddess shrines marked by the written character for Supreme Goddess.
Particularly divine was Hapi (the Nile River), the only river divinely powerful enough to continue to flow across the Sahara Desert. Hapi (the Nile River is the most divine waters in the entire world as well as the longest river in the world.
The Puat Neteru are the company of the divine or the ancient Egyptian pantheon.
The courts have already ruled in multiple cases that a person who starts preparing a religious defense (including gathering certificates and other paperwork) after arrest loses all chance to use the late religious defense. It is essential that you prepare your defense before you are arrested. Adequate preparation may even prevent arrest.
This website is concerned with religious matters and only obliquely discusses the law. I strongly recommend that medical marijuana ministers rely on a high quality lawyer.
I (Milo) use my own religion as an example, because this is the religion I know well. I strongly urge people to get together with their lawyer and prepare a similar discussion for their own religion. Again, my religion is only an example.
Good news: Many people over the years have successfully used Pr Ntr Kmt religious cannabis certificates. The author of this website has personally several times over more than a decade shown various police Pr Ntr Kmt documentation and the police have politely returned the religious cannabis. There are at least two Pr Ntr Kmt cannabis ministers who have been released after the police discovered several pounds of religious cannabis (although the police kept the cannabis). There are numerous real world successes.
Reality: If the government decides it wants to get you, then your only chance is if you can afford a really, really good lawyer.
The law is whatever the government decides the law is.
The rights you heard about in grade school only apply if you can afford a great lawyer. Public defenders are under-budgeted and only want to process paperwork for plea bargains. They simply dont have the time or money for trials.
We dont want to discourage anyone from worshiping with cannabis, but we do want to strongly warn everyone that you have a significant risk of long term imprisonment or worse, especially outside of major industrialized nations.
Please act responsibly. Please hire a lawyer if you can possibly afford to do so.
These web pages contain religious advice. These web pages are not professional legal or medical advice. Nothing on this website should be considered as a substitute or replacement for professional medical, health, or legal advice. All persons should seek the advice of qualified medical, health, or legal providers.
If you spot an error in fact, grammar, syntax, or spelling, or a broken link, or have additional information, commentary, or constructive criticism, please contact Milo at PO Box 1361, Tustin, Calif, 92781, USA.