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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.

basic defense

    The basic religious defense is that the law in question either (1) is clearly biased against or for a particular religion or religions and therefore against the first amendment (applied by the 14th amendment to the states) and the California state constitution or (2) is law of general applicability that places a burden on a sincerely held religious belief and therefore against the RFRA (federal) and the RLUIPA (federal and state).

    The RFRA is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The RLUIPA is the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

    The Ayahuasca case, February 21, 2006, Gonzales v. Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418 (2006), affirms that the RFRA applies to religious use of a Schedule I drug that is banned by federal law.

RFRA

    The RFRA is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

    The RFRA first requires that the defendant prove through a preponderance of evidence that an otherwise neutral law of general applicability places a substantial burden on a sincerely held religious belief that an act is required by the religion.

    The government must then show that it has a compelling interest in criminalizing the religious act for the specific instance. It is not enough that the government merely claim that the act is dangerous. It must prove it is dangerous.

    Then the government must prove that it has applied the least restrictive method possible for meeting the government’s compelling interest.

ayahuasca case

    In the February 21, 2006 case of Gonzales v. Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418 (2006), Chief Justice C.J. Roberts writing for the 8-0 majority (Alito didn’t participate because he didn’t hear the case) claimed regarding the religious use of DMT-containing tea:

  1. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the controlling law for this matter.
  2. The Government must prove that it has a compelling interest in criminalizing the religious use of this tea for this specific instance.
  3. Just because the Government says that a drug is dangerous in legislation (DMT is Schedule I) does not relieve the government of its obligation to show that it is dangerous in this specific case.
  4. The Government bears the burden of showing actual harm and the evidence the Government presented about actual harm caused by using DMT-containing tea did not meet its standard.
  5. The government failed to provide a clear compelling interest which would override the default assumption of religious freedom as spelled out in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  6. The Supreme Court never even got to considering whether the ban on the tea was the “least restrictive means” available to meet the governmental interest because the Government failed to show a compelling interest in the first place.

burden

    Being arrested pretty much automatically constitutes a substantial burden.

sincerity

    The government can question the sincerity of beliefs.

    The three basic tests to qualify for protection under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) are: (1) the government burdens a (2) sincerely held (3) religious belief.

    While the government seems to normally challenge whether or not your beliefs are religious, they can also challenge the sincerity of your beliefs. There is a Supreme Court case (I will add the citation later) involving two different people challenging (under completely different laws, not the RFRA) Florida’s requirement to vaccinate their children. The Supreme Court protected one family because the court decided their religious beliefs were sincere and rejected the other family’s protection because the court decided that their religious beliefs were clearly faked.

    You have to sincerely believe that the divine has called you to be a medical marijuana minister or medical cannabis minister.

    You can’t fake this to try to pull something over on the government.

    Your religious beliefs have to be sincere and real.

    This blog is about how to be a medical marijuana minister or medical cannabis minister. Anyone with sincere religious beliefs that their religion requires them to minister to and help those who need medical marijuana can become a medical marijuana minister or medical cannabis minister.

    I am emphasizing that your religious beliefs must be sincere and real.

    I have already pointed out several easy ways to get written documentation (including my own religion [external link], Universal Life Church [external link], and The Hawai’i Cannabis Ministry (THC Ministry) [external link]).

    I can help you learn the details of being a minister. Come back and read this web page daily.

    And let me again emphasize that I am offering free in-person lessons that can apply to any religion.

    Free in-person medical cannabis minister lessons offered Monday nights near the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, California. Send a self addressed stamped envelope to Milo, PO Box 1361, Tustin, California, USA, 92781 if you plan to attend (I don’t show up if I don’t expect any students; I will reply to your letter with the exact time and location). I check the post office box once a month (late in the month). I checked the mail for the end of June 2010.

valid religion

    The government can question whether or not the beliefs are religious (non-religious beliefs don’t have this protection).

    The government is not supposed to be able to question the validity of beliefs, just whether or not they are religious.

    The two most common tests for being a legally valid religion are the Meyers’ Test and the IRS test, both of which are highly biased in favor of Roman Catholic beliefs.

    The California state Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has already ruled that my religion is a legally valid religious creed subject to state protection, although this ruling may or may not have applicability for a criminal prosecution.

    There are numerous specific court cases that address the question of what constitutes a legally valid religion or religious creed. These court cases give specific standards (or tests) based on the Roman Catholic Church.

    Currently there is a six judge majority of the U.S. Supreme Court who are active members of the Roman Catholic Church (John Roberts, Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Sonia Sotomayor).

    In theory, no court should question the validity of any religious beliefs.

    In reality, I assume that facing a hostile judge I must prove through preponderance of evidence that my religion is substantially, qualitatively, and quantifiably more legally valid than the officially established Roman Catholic Church of the U.S. Supreme Court.

strict scrutiny

    U.S. District Chief Judge Vaugh R. Walker struck down Proposition 8 using two standards of the law.

    One standard Judge Walker used was that the law was based on so many unfounded claims that there was no rational basis for the law. This could be used against the federal law placing cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Francis Young, a DEA administrative law judge, ruled in 1988 that cannabis had no known danger (Docket # 86-22).

    The other standard that Judge Walker used to strike down Poposition 8 was strict scrutiny.

    Strict scrutiny is a test in discrimination cases holding laws to a higher standard when they adversely affect certain minority groups.

    To meet strict scrutiny a law must be justified by a “compelling government interest” and must be “narrowly tailored” to meet that interest.

    The tests for whether a minority is within a “suspect classification” are: (1) been historically targeted by discrimination; (2) a “discrete” and “insular” community; (3) be a minority for an unchangeable characteristic; and (4) lack the power to protect themselves using the political process. A qualifying group does not have to meet all four standards and other factors may be considered.

    This obviously doesn’t apply to Christian medical marijuana ministers, but it certainly applies to Pagan and Witch medical marijuana ministers (including my own religion).

topics

  1. burden
  2. sincerity
  3. religious beliefs
  4. religious requirements
  5. Meyers’ Test
  6. IRS rules
  7. age of belief
  8. numbers
  9. divinity or supreme being
  10. ultimate ideas
  11. comprehensive belief system
  12. philosophy
  13. mathematics
  14. numbers
  15. science
  16. metaphysical beliefs
  17. creation
  18. afterlife
  19. moral or ethical system
  20. external signs
  21. accoutrements of religion
  22. founder, prophet, or teacher
  23. important writings
  24. proverbs
  25. Rastafari Bible verses
  26. music
  27. gathering places
  28. temples
  29. pyramids
  30. gardens
  31. keepers of knowledge
  32. sesh per anhk
  33. ceremonies and rituals
  34. marriage and weddings
  35. circumambulation
  36. structure or organization
  37. education
  38. holy days
  39. diet or fasting
  40. appearance
  41. clothing
  42. propagation
  43. distinct and separate
  44. general applicability
  45. strict scrutiny
  46. cannabis witch hunt
  47. blood libel
  48. time line
  49. illegal bias
  50. what is religion?
  51. pharmacy
  52. potions
  53. false claims
  54. non-existence
  55. Satanism
  56. danger
  57. disease
  58. bad weather
  59. agricultural failure
  60. crop failure
  61. milk cows going dry
  62. hens not laying chicken eggs
  63. racism
  64. music
  65. laughter
  66. Goddess of cannabis
  67. Diana
  68. the law
  69. Exodus 22:18
  70. other verses
  71. Witch of Endor
  72. Edict of 1484
  73. Malleus Maleficarum
  74. Martin Luther
  75. separation of Church and State
  76. Controlled Substance Act (CSA)
  77. conspiracy
  78. the borders and Customs
  79. arrest
  80. fabricated evidence
  81. torture
  82. bruloir
  83. pressing
  84. Elizabeth Bathory
  85. mob
  86. death penalty
  87. hanging
  88. hanged, drawn and quartered
  89. beheading
  90. burning
  91. burning stakes
  92. burning in Hell
  93. sealed records

major cases

    Courts have upheld the right of Native Americans to use the hallucinogenic plant peyote in religious rituals, e.g., State v. Whittington, 19 Ariz. App. 27, 504 P.2d 950 (1973), cert. denied, 417 U.S. 946, 94 S.Ct. 3071 (1974); People v. Woody, 61 Cal.2d 716, 394 P.2d 813, 40 Cal. Rptr. 69 (1964); Whitehorn v. State, 561 P.2d 539 (0kl. Crim. App. 1977); contra State v. Big Sheep, 75 Mont. 219, 243 P. 1067 (1926); State v. Soto, 21 Or. App. 794, 537 P.2d 142 (1975), cert. denied, 424 U.S. 955, 96 S.Ct. 1431 (1976).

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Pr Ntr Kmt

    CannabisClergy.com is now officially sponsored by Pr Ntr Kmt. This website will continue to provide information for any form of cannabis religion, using the ancient Egyptian religion as a primary example.

warning

    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 peoplee 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 don’t have the time or money for trials.

    We don’t 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.

 

    Free weekly instruction for medical marijuana ministers and medical cannabis ministers every Monday night in Orange County, California. Write to: Milo, PO Bx 1361, Tustin, CA, 92781. Post office box checked once per month.

    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.

    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.


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