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September 1, 2011

Dude, ... it is only worshipping Mother Mary, not mary jane, that gets protected by RFRA

The sad effort at stoner talk in the title of this post is my weak attempt to make humor in response to today's interesting decision by the Ninth Circuit in US v. Lafley, No. 10-30132 (Sept. 1, 2011) (available here), which gets started this way:

This appeal presents the question whether a convicted methamphetamine dealer is entitled, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb-2000bb-4, to use marijuana during his period of supervised release.  In the circumstances presented by this case, the district court declined to suspend the mandatory supervised release condition prohibiting such use.  We affirm.

And in case anyone is interest, the religious group to which the defendant in Lafley claimed to belong is Montana Cannabis Ministries.  Unfortunately, this ministry does not appear to have a website to which I can link, but I did find this notable Wikipedia entry on THC Ministry which starts this way:

The THC Ministry, founded by Roger Christie from the Religion of Jesus Church, is a religion which considers cannabis to be a sacrament.  Members base their practices on what they see as an eclectic mixture of ancient wisdom, modern science, and the enlightening and healing properties of cannabis sacrament.  Its mission includes "liberating the cannabis hemp plant and the minds of those who do and of those who do not revere it," and is actively involved in the legal and social discussions surrounding cannabis use in society.

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I'm guessing they also consume a lot of eucharist wafers?

Posted by: Res ipsa | Sep 2, 2011 12:55:36 PM

Religious munchies... awesome!

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 2, 2011 5:05:24 PM

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