Freedom of Relgion, and freedom of religious sacrament
For many years now I have been a devout follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have dedicated my time and resources to preach the gospel and to take my part in the Great Commission of Christ. In 1999 I gave my life to Christ as a result of a unique, personal spiritual experience that I had while praying on the side of the road in Deer Park WA. In 2001 I wrote my biography which was inspired by this spiritual awakening. I was inspired to write a lot of poetry after that, and had it published on Poetry.com in hopes to inspire others.
I love to write and I love to inspire others. But what I have enjoyed most is serving others. After giving my life to Christ, I volunteered for a number of homeless ministries that I was once a regular client of while I was homeless. I volunteered with these ministries because of how much people blessed me while I was homeless. I wanted to inspired other clients of these ministries and show them the love that Christ and His church showed me. I completed several trainings, and I served whenever I was able. It has been a great blessing to me to be able to serve others.
In September of 2002, I spoke at a Southern Baptist convention about the loss of my brother, who lived in the most depressed state in the nation, Utah. My brother’s death was a result of depression, and anti-depressant medication that he was prescribed, and I had a burden on my heart to try to reach those who were hurting, and who couldn’t speak out about it because of the fear of rejection by the Utah culture. I wanted to be the mouth piece for those who couldn’t speak, like my 16 year old brother who lays in a grave in Spanish Fork Utah, completely voiceless now.
Now I have another burden on my heart, which is for the cannabis plant which I enjoy as a religious sacrament. I feel that our freedom of religion in this country has been hijacked by the government and the DEA. I believe that those of us who use cannabis as a sacrament as Moses and Jesus did in the days of old are persecuted unjustly and that our civil rights get violated when we are charged with crimes in relationship to our holy sacrament, cannabis.
I have heard it from religious folks and nonreligious folks that they do not believe cannabis was used by Biblical prophets. They laugh at the thought of it.
But this is not uncommon, humanity has a knack for ignorance and I am no exception. When I first gave my life to Christ, I gave up using cannabis for 7 years.
I had given up cannabis until I developed a vesicular anomaly that causes my sever headaches called cluster headaches that come on strong and fast, and that no prescription medicine has been able to relieve in anyway. With these headaches I sometimes go blind, and I get a loud ringing in my ear. It completely destroys my senses for about 30 minutes and the pain brings tears to my eyes. One toke off a spliff instantly relieves this pain and this drastic symptoms, with no ill side-effects.
I tried Imitrex and Midrine before trying cannabis and all that those medicines did was make me feel ill and give me nose bleeds.
When this problem started we lived in Washington state which has passed many decriminalization measures for marijuana, and I tried some. Instant relief as I described. It was amazing, no nose bleeds, no stomach aches, no yucky feeling, nothing. I just felt better, and happier. The only real side effect that could be considered negative, was I felt hungry and got what people call “the munchies”. I was sold, and start the process to get my medical marijuana card in Wa.
After that I started questioning whether this would conflict with my faith, and what I found was amazing. Moses used cannabis in his anointing oil. This is found in non-marijuana using Rabbi’s writings. I have wrote about this several times before on this blog.
Exodus 30:23 Fragrant Cane, or Cane of Bosom, or Sweet Cane is translated in several Hebrew Dictionaries as “Cannabis”.
See Roger Christy from the THC Ministry (Hawaii)
I have also spoke about Jesus and His resistance to state and religious laws which forbid certain food and certain eating practices:
Now what I have found recently is quite amazing.
See this video.
And read this about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993
Our religious rights are protected!
The NJWeedman proved this when he practiced his religious sacrament on federal property in New Jersey. He was arrested, he was man-handled, he weed was taken. But the charges got over turned. Not once, but 3 times!
If you are a Christian, Jew or Hindu the use of cannabis your religion goes back thousands of years!
Ever wonder why Indians can use Peyote but no one else can? Because it’s a religious sacrament.