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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.

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keepers of knowledge

    The courts often consider the existence of keepers of knowledge in determining if a religion is legally valid.

legal standards

    “5. d. Keepers of Knowledge: Most religions have clergy, ministers, priests, reverends, monks, shamans, teachers, or sages. By virtue of their enlightenment, experience, education, or training, these people are keepers and purveyors of religious knowledge.” —United States of America v David Meyers

    “an organization of ordained ministers,” —IRS definition of a church

    “ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed studies,” —IRS definition of a church

    “school for the preparation of its ministers.” —IRS definition of a church

religious freedom reply to IRS standards

    The seventh, or “organization of ordained ministers,” criterion has no relevance for churches that do not distinguish minister from congregant. Among Quakers “there is no division between clergy an laity, the vocation of every Friend is to be a lay minister.” The Plymouth Brethren believe in the Reformation doctrine of the priesthood of all believers; the distinction between clergy and laity, practiced by many churches, it considered unscriptural. Also, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that all their members are ministers, that they are a “body of ministers.” — “Defining Religion in American Law” by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom

    The question posed by the eighth criterion - whether or not ministers are ordained after completing a course of study - is irrelevant. Paul, for instance, was “called” on the road to Damascus. Jesus called disciples without seminary training who were, among other professions, fishermen and tax collectors (perhaps all hope is not lost for the IRS). The historic significance of revelation and the mystical call to religious office is ignored by this criterion. The churches of the Appalachian mountains see the presence of “the uneducated preacher” as one aspect of the “fullest expression . . . of the mountain spirit and the mountain religious tradition.”

    [O]ne individual or another (usually male) among the people became convinced that God was calling him to preach and exhort. So he would set about establishing a church of his own, often on his property, either in his house or a separate building he might construct. Like a patron to his neighbors in a lonely mountain hollow, he invited them to join with him in seeking the Word and will of God.

    In addition, most Unitarian Universalist’ “[p]rofessional ministers have the burden to legitimate themselves by achievement rather than by an ascribed status.” In some black churches, especially Baptist and Pentecostal, the majority of the pastors receive no formal training. “[A] man with a good voice and attractive personality, a sense of humor, and sufficient desire can find a church to serve without formal training.” Finally, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that true ordination comes directly from God. “Jehovah through Christ ordains his witnesses to serve as ministers - John 15:16.” This concept is common in evangelical denominations. "Those who preach in Plymouth Brethren assemblies are generally well-versed in the Word of God, but usually they have no formal seminary training." — “Defining Religion in American Law” by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom

    Finally, since, as outlined above, churches should not be required to have clergy, the existence of schools for the preparation of its ministers, as imposed by the fourteenth criterion, should similarly not be required. In a survey of 250 American denominations over ninety percent report no seminaries or schools of religion. by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom

Kemetic or ancient Egyptian religion

    Hem (male) and hemet (female) were the primary Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) words for priest and priestess. The generic version was hem Ntr or hemet Ntr (priest or priestess of the Divine). The Ntr could be replaced with a specific deity name, such as Hem Ra or Hemet Bast.

    The web priest (or priestess) was responsible for the purity of the ritual and the cleanliness of sacred rooms, tools, paraphenalia, and priesthood.

    The kher heb was the priest or priestess who recited the liturgy and magick spells.

    The sesh per ankh were the learned priesthood (including mathematicians, doctors, and scientists).Sesh Per Ankh is ancient Egyptian for “scribe of the House of Life”. This can be translated into English as magician, shaman, witch doctor, witch, priest, doctor, or professor. See Sesh Per Ankh.

    The English words Witch and Witch Doctor are translations for Sesh Per Ankh.

    The English word “Witch” meant a woman in the Roman Catholic Church-imposed “Dark Ages”. A male Witch was called a He-Witch. The word “warlock” is from the Polish for “oath breaker” and was used in Polish Witch Trials run by the Roman Catholic Church in which large numbers of innocent men and women were tortured and murdered by the Roman Catholic Church as part of official Roman Catholic Church dogma, on orders from numerous Roman Catholic Church Popes. In modern times the word “Witch” refers to both men and women.

    The word medicine comes from the prehistoric era of wise women who measure out plants in order to heal. More than two thirds of modern medications (total usage, not sheer numbers of drugs) are derived from Kemetic Witch (ancient Egyptian) herbal preparations!

    The sesh ked were the artists of the priesthood (and, yes, the artists were an essential part of the priesthood).

 

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    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:

    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 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 Box 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.

    Get a Pr Ntr Kmt certificate as proof that your cannabis religion is real.

    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.

 
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