Thursday, November 24, 2011

Smoking marijuana not a religious practice, judge tells Church of the Universe member

National Post

The judge said while Bennett produced voluminous evidence of religious uses of cannabis throughout history, the marijuana-related practices of Rastafarians or Ethiopian Coptic Christians were irrelevant.

What was relevant, he said, was whether Bennett could tie his use of marijuana to a comprehensive system of faith and worship. On that point, the judge said, Bennett had produced “almost no evidence” to show a connection, other than to repeatedly say it helps him to “connect to the divine.”


Bennett effectively smokes marijuana almost constantly, the judge said, “no matter what the context (he even admitted to having smoked marijuana before his cross-examination in this case).


Any bets on whether this dumb case will make it to the Supreme Court?