I JUST LEARNED MY RELEASE DATE
IS:12/3/2003. I will be holding a PROTEST/CELEBRATION demonstration on Dec. 20th, 2003 at the:
(CLICK BELOW PICTURE)
On 12/3/2003 I’ll be released from State Parole
released from this “state parole” (ISP)
I will celebrate by going to a Federal Property (i.e;
THE LIBERTY BELL/CONSTITUTION
CENTER COMPLEX) in Philadelphia to celebrate my new freedom by exercising “RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM”, something I have not been allowed to do since Dec. 2000 when I was
convicted in a unfair
trial. At about On SATURADAY DECEMBER 6th I will
hold a very public Ital
Ceremony where I will ingest the “sacrament of my faith” before engaging in
a quiet prayer asking "JAH/GOD" to end this "WARONUS". I’m inviting anyone who
wishes to pray with me; for an "end to this war on us" and the “WAR on IRAQ” to come along!
JOIN ME IN THIS DUEL ACT OF CIVIL
we the people
can put a stop to BUSH the “MADMAN/WAR CRIMINAL”, we the people must exercise our
first amendment right to freedom of speech and voice our dissent of this madman’s
“WAR on the IRAQI’S” and to equally voice
our dissident to the “WAR on US”! Both of these “WARS” are products of lie’s
and Government propaganda! The claim the Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
were about as truthful as the Governments claim that marijuana is dangerous!
Thus on Dec. 6th, 2003 we will deviantly
smoke marijuana at the Liberty Bell and denounce the Governments “WARS”!
In advance of my ISP release I will send out PRESS RELEASES to the
local media and across the internet as to my plans of celebrating my newly
gained freedom, and protests. In the past (prior to my imprisonment and
subsequent parole), I smoked at the liberty bell several times without getting
arrested. In those instances in advance I sent letters to the federal
park police telling them of my intention to use marijuana "RELIGIOUSLY"
on federal property; (SEE: August 2000),
thus avoiding getting arrested because I accurately presented my
"RELIGIOUS DEFENSE" in advance. At the time the Government chose not
to take a chance on allowing me to make a high profile precedent case, so I
wasn't arrested. This time I plan on creating "publicity", if I'm not
arrested I will do it every week while encouraging others to join me! I want to
have the public informed of this RELIGIOUS RIGHT! For those who don't
believe call any New Jersey State Assembly person and ask them; Why wasn't the
NJWEEDMAN prosecuted for smoking his "sacrament" in the New Jersey State
Assembly Chambers on March 16th, 2000, in front of the entire assembly?
Answer the state of New Jersey didn’t want the publicity or the precedent I
would have tried to present claiming the New Jersey marijuana laws were
unconstitutional for failing to have religious exemptions as per the FRRA of
BECAUSE I’VE ANNOUNCED THAT WHEN I’M FREED FROM ISP I
WILL RESUME MY RELIGIOUS PRACTICES I’VE BEEN THREATENED BY: BURLINGTONCOUNTYFAMILY
COURT JUDGE LIHOTZ THREATENS TO TAKE MY
CHILD AGAIN (SEE:CHILD STOLEN) IF I "EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO FREEDOM" (SEE: LIHOTZ LETTER)
THE 5th and 14th Amendments "Equal Protection Clause's"
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on February 2
that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Rastafarian
defendants should be allowed to show that they use marijuana for bona fide
religious reasons in their defense against charges of possession of marijuana (U.S. v.
Bauer, No. 94-30073,
96 C.D.O.S. 756, 1996WL42240 (9th Cir. 1996);
Reynolds Holding, "Rastafarian Pot Could Be Legal," San Francisco
Chronicle, February 3, 1996, p. A14; "Marijuana For
Religious Reasons," Washington Post, February 5, 1996,
p. A10; Associated Press, "Court: Rastafarians Can Hold
Marijuana," Chicago Tribune, February 4, 1996, p. 9).
Acting on two tips, police initiated an investigation of marijuana
trafficking from Mexico to Billings, Montana. As a result of the investigation, 26 people
were indicted in November 1992 on a number of charges, including conspiracy to
manufacture and distribute marijuana, money laundering, use of firearms in
relation to drug trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute
Three of the defendants, Calvin Treiber, Dawn
Meeks, and Lexi Bauer, appealed on the grounds that
they possessed the marijuana in the course of practicing their religion,
Rastafarianism. The Court of Appeals found that Rastafarianism is a recognized
religion that considers marijuana a sacrament.
In 1993, Meeks had requested the district court to provide funds for
expert testimony on the use of marijuana in Rastafarianism. The district court
denied that motion and granted a government motion to prevent any religious
defense to the charges. The defendants' trial started on October 3,
1993. On November 17,
defendants notified the court that President Clinton had signed the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act on November 16, 1993. The Act declares that "governments
should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling
justification," i.e. government interest. Further, the Act allows for
persons who find that a law does "substantially burden" their free
exercise of religion to present evidence of such at trial (P.L. 103-141;
42 U.S.C. 2000bb-1). The district court refused to reconsider its
ruling on the government's motion.
Post-conviction, the defendants argued that laws regulating marijuana
greatly interfere with the ability of Rastafarians to practice their religion.
The district court ruled that "the government has an overriding interest
in regulating marijuana." The court quoted a 1967 Fifth Circuit decision:
"It would be difficult to imagine the harm which would result if the
criminal statutes against marihuana were nullified as to those who claim the
right to possess and traffick in this drug for religious purposes. For all
practical purposes the anti-marihuana laws would be meaningless, and
enforcement impossible" (Leary v. U.S., 383 F.2d 851
(5th Cir. 1967), rev'd on other
grounds, 395 U.S. 6 (1969)).
The Court of Appeals three judge panel was
unanimous that the defendants should have been allowed to present evidence of
their religious use of marijuana at trial. Judge John T. Noonan, Jr.,
writing for the court, found that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
the government would be required to show that the burdens on the defendants'
religion were in the course of furthering the government's interest and that
the laws were the "least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government
interest." While the defendants may use the religious argument in their
defense of simple possession charges, Noonan wrote that the same argument
cannot be applied to other charges of conspiracy to distribute, possession with
intent to distribute, and money laundering. "Nothing before us suggests
that Rastafarianism would require this conduct," he wrote.
Noonan ordered that the defendants be retried on the simple possession
charges. At such trial, Noonan wrote, the government can challenge whether the
defendants are Rastafarians. "It is not enough in order to enjoy the
protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to claim the name of a
religion as a protective cloak," Noonan wrote. "Neither the
government nor the court has to accept the defendants' mere say-so."
The defendants appealed on a number of other grounds, including
inappropriate peremptory challenges to the jury by the prosecution, misleading
jury instructions, and selective prosecution. The Court of Appeals found no
grounds for any of these arguments.
RULES RASTAS CAN POSSESS POT ON FEDERAL PROPERTY IN GUERRERO CASE
May 28, 2002. In a landmark religious freedom case, the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Rastafarians have the right to possess, but
not import, marijuana in federal territory.
involves Benny Guerrero, a Rasta who was arrested in the Guam airport while returning from Hawaii with five ounces of marijuana and some seeds.
conservative three-judge panel ruled that Guerrero could not be prosecuted for
merely possessing marijuana on federal land. The court ruled that insofar as
marijuana is considered holy in the Rastafarian religion, its possession is
protected under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
court overturned a lower Guam
court decision that had protected Guerrero from prosecution for importation as
well. While the Guam Supreme Court had ruled that Guerrero was protected under
the territory's "fundamental law," the Ninth Circuit said that law
was inapplicable. Instead, it ruled that Guerrero was entitled to protection
under the Religious Freedom of Restoration Act.* The Court went on to rule that
the RFRA did not apply to importation. "Rastafarianism does not require
importation of a controlled substance, which increases (its)
availability," said the court.
attorney, Graham Boyd, rejected this argument. "It's equivalent to saying
wine is a necessary sacrament for some Christians but you have to grow your own
grapes," he said. The defense is considering whether to appeal for an en
banc review by the full Ninth Circuit.
This is the
first time that a federal appeals court has upheld the right to possess
marijuana. As it stands, the court's decision applies to all federal territory
in the Ninth Circuit, including federal lands in California and eight other Western States, plus the territory of Guam.
* NOTE: The
RFRA was originally enacted in response to an Oregon case, Employment Division v. Smith (1990), where
the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment did not protect against a
state's prohibition on the use of peyote. The RFRA was subsequently struck down
by the Court as an unconstitutional federal infringement on state powers in
City of Boerne v. Flores (1997). However, this decision did not affect the
applicability of the RFRA in areas of federal, as opposed to state,
jurisdiction. Hence the RFRA may protect religious use of drugs from federal,
but not state, prosecution.
Guam v. Guerrero, 290 F.3d
1210 (9th Cir. 2002) (decided on May 28, 2002), the Ninth Circuit ruled
that the RFRA forbids prosecuting Rastafarians for using marijuana within the
federal realm, such as a United States territory or a national park, thus
upholding a portion of the RFRA. In Guerrero, the defendant, a
Rastafarian arrested at the Guam
airport with five ounces of marijuana and 10 ounces of seeds, was charged
with importing the drugs from Hawaii. The Court ruled that a Rastafarian whose Jamaica-based
religion regards marijuana as a sacrament that brings believers closer to
divinity could not be prosecuted for merely possessing marijuana in the
“federal realms.” The ruling,which
follows other appeals courts, applies to California, eight other Western states, and the Pacific
territories of Guam where the case originated and the Northern Mariana Islands. If it became a nationwide standard, it would cover the
federal enclaves of Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and any other federal property.
protects the religious use of marijuana by practicing Rastafarians,
just as the 1919 Volstead Act (Prohibition Act) protected the religious
use of alcohol in the Catholic Church. When New Jersey revised its
criminal code with the 1997 omnibus crime bill, it failed to provide for a
religious exemption for marijuana. As Rastafarianism regards marijuana as a
sacrament necessary to the practice of the religion, the statutes are
unconstitutional. Since to utilize the sacrament of ganja/marijuana it is
necessary to import it, then any law which prohibits the importation and
distribution (and possession with intent to distribute) for this purpose is
See for yourself what the Bible says. The WWW Bible Gateway has
concordances for the King James, the American Standard and four or five
other translations. It's easy to do word or verse searches.
& the Bible
And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no
more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear
the shame of the heathen any more. -- Ezekiel 34:29
"The Lord said unto me, 'I will take my rest and I will consider
in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs.' "
-- Isaiah 18:4-5
"Lord, when did we see thee sick or in prison
and came unto thee?" And the King will answer and say unto
them, "Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of
the least of these my brethern, ye have done it
unto me." -- Matthew 25:39-40
The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang: marijuana) is one of
the many useful herbs "yielding seed after its kind" created and
blessed by God on the third day of creation, "and God saw that it was
good." (Genesis 1:12) He gave hemp for people to use with our free
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which
is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will
be for meat." … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold,
it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb's
prohibition. "Now the Spirit speaketh
expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy …
commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy
The Bible speaks of a special plant. "I will raise up for them a
plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the
land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any
more." (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. On either side of the river,
was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding
her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of
the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2) A gift from God.
How was cannabis used in Biblical times and lands?
Cannabis was used 12 ways: clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil,
sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. For so
the Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in my
dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the
bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut
off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the
branches." (Isaiah 18:4-5)
What about cannabis today?
Hemp today has thousands of uses. Modern technology has devised many new
uses for the hemp plant&emdash;like
biomass energy, building materials, fuel, plastic and so on. Hemp is
ecological and its seed is among the best food crops on Earth. Selected
varieties produce flowers that provide an herbal relaxant and a spiritual
tool. Its herb is used globally as medicine.
Does the Bible discuss drugs?
Alcohol is the only drug openly discussed in the Bible, so it must serve
as our reference. Wine is drunk during religious occasions such as Passover
&emdash; the Last Supper of Jesus and His
disciples. It remains a sacrament in modern church services.
Jesus began his public life by miraculously turning water into wine at
the Wedding at Cana (John
2:1-10) when the reception ran out. The Bible distinguishes between use and
misuse. It says, Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and
wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (Proverbs 31:6-7) but Woe unto
them that … follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine
inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)
Yet the simple joys of drinking were also sung. He causeth
the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he
may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh
glad the heart of man and oil to make his face to shineth. (Psalm 104:14-15)
Did Jesus speak about
He said not to criticize other people for their habits. "Not that
which goeth into the mouth defileth
a man; that which cometh out of the mouth defileth
a man." (Mat. 15:11) The apostle Paul wrote, I know, and am persuaded
by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself:
but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean,
to him it is unclean. … For the kingdom
not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy
Ghost. (Paul: Romans 14:14,17)
Did He speak of government?
Jesus said to keep church and state apart. "Render therefore unto
Caesar the things which be Caesar's and unto God the things which be
God's." (Luke 20:25) As we have seen, it was God, not government, who
gave man the herbs to use. And it was government that put Jesus to death.
Property forfeiture laws?
He warned us about seizure and forfeiture laws. "Beware of the
scribes which …devour widows' houses…. The same shall receive greater
damnation." (Luke 20:46-47) Jesus, too, was a victim. The soldiers,
when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to
every soldier a part. (John. 19:33)
What about the Drug War?
Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)
It was God who created cannabis hemp and told mankind to use "every
green herb" on Earth. The Bible speaks of mercy, healing and a
persecution of God's children. They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
(Psalms 119:86) Prisons and drug wars do not save souls. The Lord… hath
sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives
and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. (Isaiah 61:1)
What should the ministry do?
Teach God's truth. Warn your congregation that the war on marijuana is
unchristian and must be ended. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you,
that you will be no priest to Me … for I desired mercy and not
sacrifice. (Hosea 4:6, 6:6)
Remember: Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it
be received with thanksgiving…. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of
these things, thou shalt be a good minister of
Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine.
(Paul: 1 Timothy 4:4-6)
Summary analysis of the foregoing discussion
What does the Bible say about marijuana? The Bible says that God created
hemp for people to use "as meat," (ie,
to consume), that its seed oil is to be used as an ointment, and that
cannabis is "to be received with thanks-giving of them which believe
and know the truth." Paul also warned that some people would
"speak lies in hypocrisy" and prohibit us from using it.
It also says that we "shall not bear false witness" about
people who use cannabis, nor judge them because that judgement
is reserved to the Lord. The Lord hates those who speak lies and sow
discord among brethern. For those people harrassed and imprisoned for using cannabis rightfuly, Jesus offers these words of comfort,
"Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness's
sake: For theirs is the Kingdom
What would Jesus do regarding medical marijuana?
Despite common knowledge and widespread scientific support, the federal
government has for nearly 30 years kept cannabis in schedule 1 as a
deliberate way to deny patients access to medical marijuana. This includes
people suffering from asthma, cancer, migraine headache, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, and provides relief
for many other conditions. As a result, people at various locations across
have had to risk and suffer years in prison for providing medical marijuana
to patients as an act of compassion and personal conscience. What would
Jesus do? He chose to break the law in order to heal the sick.
"At that time Jesus went on the sabbath
day through the corn, and his disciples were hungered, and began to pluck
the ears of corn, and to eat. 2) But when the Pharisees saw it, they said
unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day 3) But he said unto them, Have ye not read
what David did, when he was hungered, and they that were with him? … 10)
And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered, And they asked
him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath
days? that they might accuse him. 11) And he said
unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep,
and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day,
will he not lay hold on it and lift it out? 12) How much then is a man
better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13) Then saith
he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he
stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 14) Then
the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might
destroy him. 15) But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence,
and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16) And charged
them that they should not make him known." (Matthew 12: 1-2, 10-16)
(also see Mark 3, Luke 13, John 9)
Should people give blind obedience to government?
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem,
saying, 2) Why do thy disciple transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread."
3) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the
commandment of God by your tradition? … 7) Ye hypocrites! … 12) Then came
his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou
that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13) But he
answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly
Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind, And if the blind lead the
blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:1-3, 7, 12-14)
Passages from the King James Bible that are relevant
to the legal and moral status of Cannabis sativa, L.
And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind,
and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself,
after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)
God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which
is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of
a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of
the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have
given every green herb for meat: and it was so." And God saw
everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening
and the morning were the sixth day. (Gen. 1:29-31)
(No prohibition of cannabis or any other drug is made in the Ten
Commandments: See Ex. 20:1-17)
(Cannabis is mentioned in Ex. 30:23 but King James mistranslated it as
'sweet calamus') :
Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23
Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred
shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of
cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make
it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the
apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thousshalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation
therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his
vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and
the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his
vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt
sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth
them shall be holy. (Exodus 30:22-29)
* As one shekel equals approximately 16.37 grams, this
means that the THC from over 9 pounds of flowering cannabis tops were
extracted into a hind, about 6.5 litres of oil.
The entheogenic effects of such a solution --
even when applied topically -would undoubtedly have been intense.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle
and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the
earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man
and oil to make his face to shineth.
The Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in
my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in
the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the
sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with
pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. (Is. 18:4-5)
And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no
more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear
the shame of the heathen any more. (Ezekiel 34:29)
(Jesus:) "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth
a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth
a man." (Matt. 15:11)
One believeth that he may eat all things. Another…eateth
herbs. … Let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this
rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his
brother's way. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is
nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
For the kingdom of Godis not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace
and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Epistle of St. Paul:
Romans 14: 2,3,13,14,17)
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their
conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to
abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving
of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is
good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving: For it
is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in
remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good
minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good
doctrine, whereupon thou hast attained. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-6)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the
street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding
her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of
the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)
Other relevant quotes:
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived
thereby is not wise. (Prov. 20:1)
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those
of heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his
misery no more. (Prov. 31:6-7)
"Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may
follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine
inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)
(Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana: See John 1-10. He also served wine
at the Last Supper.)
(Jesus:) He said unto them, "Render
therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's and unto God the
things which be God's." (Luke 20:25)
"Then came Peter to him and said, "Lord, how oft shall my
brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee until seven
times: But until seventy times seven." (Matt. 18:21-22)
(Jesus:) "If a kingdom be divided
against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." (Mark )
(Jesus:) He saith
unto them, "Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive
that whatsoever thing from without entereth
into the man, it cannot defile him.... That which cometh out of the man,
that defileth the man." (Mark 7:18-20)
As troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company
of priests commit murder in the way by consent. (Hos. 6:9)
(Jesus:) "Beware the scribes which desire
to walk in long robes and … the highest seats in the synagogues and the
chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make
long prayers: They shall receive greater damnation." (Luke 20:46-47)
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments,
and made four parts, to every soldier a part. (John 19:33)
Thy commandments are faithful: They persecute me wrongfully; help thou
me. (Ps. 119:86)
(Jesus:) "Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are those
persecuted for righteousness' sake: For theirs is the kingdom of
heaven." (Matthew 5:9-10)
(Jesus:) "The King shall answer and say
unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one
of the least of these my brethern, ye have done
it unto me." (Matt. 25:40)
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination
unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent
blood; An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief; A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth
discord among brethern." (Prov. 6:16-19)
(Jesus:) "But I say unto you which hear,
Love your enemies, do good to them which hate
you, Bless them that curse you and pray for them which despitefully use
you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one
cheek, offer also the other, and him that taketh
away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also." (Luke 6:27-29)
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning: and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. (Proverbs 1:5)
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants
are wicked. (Prov. 29:12)
Judgement & Punishment:
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed
me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound." (Is. 61:1)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected
knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will
be no priest to Me…for I desired mercy and not sacrifice. (Hosea 4:6,
(Jesus:) "Judge not, that ye be not
judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye
shall be judged: And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to
you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that
is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not
the beam that is in thine own eye?" (Matt.
(Jesus:) He beheld them and said, "What
is this then that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the
same is become the head of the corner'?" (Luke 20:17)
It's illegal to smoke ganja
in Jamaica. At the Presidio, it's a different
story. After all, it's freedom of religion -- if you're a Rastafarian, and
have the dreadlocks to prove it.
Yep, those days of hiding
that certain smell from your landlord are over. Rastafarians can now smoke
out in the great outdoors as long as they keep it on federal land -- wink,
wink -- and they have Benny Toves Guerrero to
thank for the action.
Guerrero was arrested at the Guam airport for marijuana possession, but his appeal to the Ninth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ended favorably Tuesday.
The court ruled that Congress
had the power to make religious exemptions to existing laws. The result: A
loophole allowing the smoking of weed -- a spiritual offering in the
Rastafarian religion -- on federal land.
Around the Rastafarian
community Wednesday, the court ruling was being savored like a long, slow
"That's what I was
telling you this morning," said a friend trying to help Jamaica native Glendon
Codling, who was selling necklaces from a table on Market and Fifth streets
Wednesday, fully realize the effect of the decision. "Can I be a
Caucasian buddy might not pass muster. In other words, don't expect an
influx of new converts.
"A Rasta comes with the
hair," said Newton Gordon, Jamaica's honorary consul to San Francisco. "You don't see a Rasta with a
nice crew cut."
But they do have pot. It's an
integral part of the Rasta religion, and now, they don't have to hide it
anymore. They can go to OceanBeach, Crissy
the Farallons, and light a doobie.
"In Jamaica, it's a lot like food," Codling
said. "It's like relaxation. But in Jamaica you get in big, big trouble."
You mean in the home of Bob Marley it is illegal to smoke pot? Codling was asked.
"Yes," he said,
musing about the idea of being able to light one up near the Golden GateBridge.
Gordon explained that the law
was implemented as a means to avoid a strong dependence on Colombian drug
"But everybody looks the
other way," Gordon said. "In Jamaica, no one's going to arrest you for
No one will here either, just
watch where you're standin
Marijuana activist uses act of defiance to launch campaign
Newly off probation, Ed Forchion of Browns Mills announced a bid for the U.S. House, then lit up.
By Sam Wood,Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it a joint announcement.
A South Jersey advocate for the liberalization of marijuana laws declared his candidacy for the U.S. House at Independence National Historical Park by - how else? - lighting up a marijuana cigarette.
Not that he got a chance to smoke it.
After just a few tokes Saturday afternoon, a phalanx of 17 park rangers surrounded Ed Forchion, also known as NJ Weedman.
The rangers confiscated the candidate's joint, and Forchion, 44, was issued a $150 ticket for possession of a controlled substance.
Minutes before, while standing between Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, Forchion said he intended to run as the U.S. Marijuana Party's candidate for the seat held by Republican Jim Saxton in New Jersey's Third Congressional District.
The district extends across Burlington and Ocean Counties and includes a few neighborhoods in Camden County.
Also cited shortly after 4:20 p.m. was Pat Duff, 27, who said he intended to run as the Marijuana Party's candidate for Philadelphia City Council in 2007. The self-described "renegade car salesman" said he would run on a platform encouraging the opening of cannabis cafes across the city.
About 50 supporters, many with video cameras and shivering against the wind, had gathered to watch Forchion and Duff ceremoniously light up.
The time and setting had been chosen with Karl Rove-ian precision. "Four-20" is stoner slang for smoking marijuana. The park had the benefit of being federal property, outside the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Police Department.
"We're peaceful, patriotic potheads," the soft-spoken Forchion said. "We had meant to do this on Dec. 6, but it snowed and ruined what we'd thought was going to be a big turnout."
On Dec. 3, Forchion completed 20 months of probation in Camden County for pleading guilty to possessing five pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
"I'm happy," he said of putting probation behind him, "I can run for office again."
Forchion, of Browns Mills, has run for Burlington County freeholder and for the First District seat in the U.S. House on the Legalize Marijuana ticket.
A Rastafarian, Forchion has said he smoked marijuana for religious reasons, to relieve back pain, and to help him deal with chronic depression. The former cross-country truck driver has been an advocate of legalizing marijuana since the mid-1990s.
His high jinks have been celebrated in what is left of the counterculture. Among his stunts: lighting up in the New Jersey Assembly while wearing a black-and-white-striped prisoner's costume.
Saturday's announcement was intended to make a more sober point, he said, adding that he intended to challenge the rangers' citations in court.
"This is all about a First Amendment issue," Forchion said. "Freedom of religion allows for the religious use of marijuana on federal property. I'm just exercising that right."