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CN ON: Pot Judgement For The Church Of The Universe

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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n078/a05.html

Newshawk: CMAP http://www.mapinc.org/cmap

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Pubdate: Mon, 07 Feb 2011

Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)

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Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/457

Author: Sam Pazzano

Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mjcn.htm (Cannabis - Canada)

Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/spirit.htm (Spiritual or Sacramental)

 

<P class=clipping>POT JUDGEMENT FOR THE CHURCH OF THE UNIVERSE

 

It's judgment day Monday for a Toronto church - the "Church of the Universe" - that has asked a Superior Court judge for an exemption to the country's marijuana laws for religious reasons.

 

If Madam Justice Thea Herman grants the exemption, it would strike down the laws prohibiting the possession, cultivation and distribution of marijuana.

 

"It would effectively legalize marijuana because every pot smoker would find a new religion," argued Nick Devlin and Donna Polgar, of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, which opposed the bid.

 

They urged the court to weed out frivolous claims.

 

"The Church of the Universe ... offers marijuana - however and whenever individuals want it," the lawyers stated in their factums filed in court.

 

"Simply put, the mere fact that one profoundly enjoys using marijuana does not beget a constitutional right to traffic it commercially."

 

It is expected that if the Church wins the exemption, the federal government will appeal the decision to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

 

It's believed to be the first time a Canadian court has been asked to define whether a religion's illegal practices are protected by the Charter of Rights.

 

Lawyers Paul Lewin and George Filipovic, who represent two minister-members of the church, argued the Church of the Universe views cannabis as sacred substance which brings them closer to God.

 

The religion also teaches that Jesus Christ was anoited with a holy oil, containing a key ingredient which translates as cannabis, court heard.

 

The two lawyers represent Peter Styrsky and Shahrooz Kharaghani, both minister-members of the Beaches Mission of God - Assembly of The Church of the Universe ( COU ) location at 1905 Queen St. E.

 

By outlawing marijuana, the state is infringing on the Universe church-goers Charter right of Freedom of Religion, their lawyers asserted. Styrsky, 53, and Kharaghani, 31, were charged with trafficking marijuana after they allegedly sold pot to two undercover cops who infiltrated their church as members in 2006.

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

 

 

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Darn it. I don't believe in a higher power. :D Isn't it funny that the science points to the benefits of marijuana but the only way to get a legal consideration is to tie it to that which has no supporting evidence. :rolleyes:

Yah, seems churches are very useful for providing groups of like minded individuals with an institutional faith-based cloak to conceal the true activities they wish to commit...

 

I can dig what they're doing, but not the path they're taking.

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Darn it. I don't believe in a higher power. :D Isn't it funny that the science points to the benefits of marijuana but the only way to get a legal consideration is to tie it to that which has no supporting evidence. :rolleyes:

 

 

OK? How about a 'Zen' meditation group that burns 'cannabis' incense?

 

Works for me :)

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Yah, seems churches are very useful for providing groups of like minded individuals with an institutional faith-based cloak to conceal the true activities they wish to commit...

 

I can dig what they're doing, but not the path they're taking.

 

Yep! It's all about the rights of the 'individual' to believe as they choose and to use the 'sacrements' that take them where ever it is they choose to go... as long as they do not try to impose their beliefs and 'standards' upon others.

 

Most people don't even bat an eye at the fact that 'alcohol' is used in the Christian church, sometimes every Sunday... each to his own.

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Its actually a good idea and has worked for other Schedule 1 drugs.

 

United States

 

DMT is classified in the United States as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

 

In December 2004, the Supreme Court lifted a stay thereby allowing the Brazil-based União do Vegetal (UDV) church to use a decoction containing DMT in their Christmas services that year. This decoction is a "tea" made from boiled leaves and vines, known as hoasca within the UDV, and ayahuasca in different cultures. In Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, the Supreme Court heard arguments on November 1, 2005 and unanimously ruled in February 2006 that the U.S. federal government must allow the UDV to import and consume the tea for religious ceremonies under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

In September, 2008, the three Santo Daime churches filed suit in federal court to gain legal status to import DMT-containing ayahuasca tea. The case, Church of the Holy Light of the Queen v. Mukasey,[101] presided over by Judge Owen M. Panner, was ruled in favor of the Santo Daime church. As of March 21, 2009 a federal judge says members of the church in Ashland can import, distribute and brew ayahuasca. U.S. District Judge Owen Panner issued a permanent injunction barring the government from prohibiting or penalizing the sacramental use of "Daime tea." Panner's order said activities of The Church of the Holy Light of the Queen are legal and protected under freedom of religion. His order prohibits the federal government from interfering and prosecuting church members who follow a list of regulations set out in his order.

 

But what I think we need to do, at least in Michigan, is get the punishment for cannabis possession down to a civil fine or decrimilized for personal use and get Cannabis scheduled 3 or lower for medical use.

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Darn it. I don't believe in a higher power. :D Isn't it funny that the science points to the benefits of marijuana but the only way to get a legal consideration is to tie it to that which has no supporting evidence. :rolleyes:

 

It's in the jeans, Dont know if the blowfish has a mind, it works the same for them. [ from the New Movie here: ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpV6licCOMw&feature=player_embedded#

 

It works mainly in our brain, on our Minds and apparentley other aspects of healing.

 

Curious do you have a Soul ? How about a mind ? Does it have a "legal consideration" ?

 

The Church does get blamed for a lot of things. People dont know what to think ? That crap used to work, when do politics take the Wrap ? Or even more bizzare, Barbaric Men Like to War, they're easily fascinated with Ideals.

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It's in the jeans, Dont know if the blowfish has a mind, it works the same for them. [ from the New Movie here: ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpV6licCOMw&feature=player_embedded#

 

It works mainly in our brain, on our Minds and apparentley other aspects of healing.

 

Curious do you have a Soul ? How about a mind ? Does it have a "legal consideration" ?

 

The Church does get blamed for a lot of things. People dont know what to think ? That crap used to work, when do politics take the Wrap ? Or even more bizzare, Barbaric Men Like to War, they're easily fascinated with Ideals.

 

Great video... Thanks.

 

IMO we humans have fallen as far away from our 'natural' beginnings as we can afford to... no matter 'what' our beliefs might be about 'what' or 'who' might be the cause of our being here.

 

We are here on a planet that we MUST interact with in order to 'process' ourselves.

 

When we lose that 'green' contact, we lose our humaness.

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