One of the most ancient religious elements
I’ve been participating in a great conversation on the NORML stash, and Russ has been spending a lot of time replying to questions and that has given me a lot of inspiration for this blog post. So actually I will just use the post itself that I wrote to Russ on the NORML Daily Audio Stash.
I respect Russ a lot, and I know he is an atheist but I also understand what his job is, and what role he is playing. So there are no hurt feelings that are taking place on either side right now, as far as I know.
Read the entire conversation at the stash, click here
Russ: Yes, there are laws that cover spiritual use of marijuana. It’s called the Controlled Substances Act, and it and many decisions about it say it is illegal.
Well despite that I totally disagree with you on that point, I have to thank you for inspiring a great blog post that I am going to get working on
So here is my thoughts on it.
The 1st Amendement of the constitution came way before the Controlled Substances Act, and I believe with certainty that the 1st Amendment completely trumps ANY law that is made to restrict me from my religious freedom. If they need antiquity to have authenticity then the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita should suffice. Or the ancient shaman mummy that they found in China that had a few pounds with it. ref Word’s oldest stash totally busted
It’s truly hard to believe that congress, or the president, or any person capable of turning on a light bulb could misread the following paragraph. Its not even very big.
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So that they formed a law called the Controlled Substances Act, doesn’t mean it’s valid. And it doesn’t mean that US judges will always interpret it as such. I mean if like black civil rights, and other civil rights fights in this country it comes to the point that one day judges start saying “Oh yeah, the constitution actually guarantees EVERYONE life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not just a few select people”, then I think we would see history changing events in our country like we have saw in the past. I mean I know that you are probably in part playing devils advocate on this one, and thats kind of your job.
But check this, and tell me that this doesn’t cover cannabis usage, one of the oldest religious ceremonies in the world: Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
I mean seriously, that doesn’t cover cannabis usage Russ?
I dont really believe that I have to prove to anyone on this blog that cannabis usage is an ancient and multicultural religious element. I wrote a page on my site to identify this very obvious history to those who doubt or are unaware of this. http://xcannabis.com/about/cannabis-faith/
Anyway, thanks for the conversation!