Workers at medical marijuana and medical cannabis collectives, dispensaries, and cooperatives may protect themselves from imprisonment by the U.S. government by being medical cannabis ministers (or medical marijuana ministers). See worker summary and owner summary.

    This legal protection from inprisonment is easiest applied to the DEA and other federal agencies because of explicit Congressional law (RFRA) and related Supreme Court ayahuasca decision. A skilled lawyer should also be able to mount a religious defense in California state courts using the 1964 and 1965 peyote cases. The federal government recently used the federal Religious Land Use and Institutalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to block the use of local zoning laws that interferred with religious beliefs.

    Los Angeles, California, is currently sending out eight man teams of undercover narcotics agents, backed by SWAT and other police officers, to arrest owners and workers at medical marijuana collectives, dispensaries, and cooperatives.

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Guide for medical marijuana ministers

    This blog-like web page discusses the religious aspects of being a medical cannabis minister (medical marijuana minister). This is not legal advice. This is religious advice.

    I attempt to make the information as useful to as many different religions as possible.

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special topic: Ministering to those of multiple religions

    As a medical cannabis minister or medical marijuana minister, you will be ministering to many who do not belong to your religion.

    Limiting your ministry to only those of your own religion is a legitimate religious belief, but may limit your usefulness in most medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives, or dispensaries.

    You should be willing to minister to those of any religion, much like a hospital chaplain.

    There may be rites or rituals that you can only perform for those who are members of your own religion. Be clear about the limits of your religious beliefs and practices.

    You should make referrals to clergy of other religion when needed for specific rites or rituals or for answers to religious questions. Keep a list of contacts of medical marijuana ministers or medical cannabis ministers of other religions in your area.

    It is rude to attempt to force your religion or beliefs on anyone. Attempting to force your religion on others will greatly limit your usefulness in most medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives, or dispensaries.

    Some religions expect their ministers to evangelize as the price or cost of providing essential life services. Attempting to recruit anyone into your own religion will greatly limit your usefulness in most medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives, or dispensaries.

    Of course, if anyone voluntarily asks about your religion or asks about joining your religion, you may freely discuss these matters as long as they desire to hear your answers.

September 5, 2010: Hunger

    The hunger from little or no eating is the continual daily reality of being unemployed in a bad economy.

    Unlike a religious fast, ordinary hunger doesn’t carry any spiritual bonus.

    With a religious fast there is a set end time to look forward to and the possibility of voluntarily quitting if things become too difficult.

    With unemployment hunger there is no clear end in sight.

    One needs to stay strong for the next day of job seeking, knowing that the hunger will make one weaker and weaker each successive day.

    There’s the sincere hope that employmnt will come soon.

    Depending on the frequency of the pay periods, money for food will come in a couple of weeks to a month.

    Just holding on and hoping for a job. Any job. Minimum wage will do fine. Isn’t there anyone who thinks one’s services are worth a job?

    The Going Forth of Nun [external link], a Kemetic or ancient Egyptian holy day occurs September 5, 2010.

    The Ludi Romani [external link], an ancient Roman holy day occurs September 5, 2010.

    The Nones of September [external link], an ancient Roman holy day occurs September 5, 2010.

    The Day of Frawardin [external link], a Zoroastrian or ancient Persian holy day occurs September 5, 2010.

    The incense for today is cannabis and frankincense.


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    The courts have already ruled in multiple cases that a person who starts preparing a religious defense (including gathering certificates and other paperwork) after arrest loses all chance to use the late religious defense. It is essential that you prepare your defense before you are arrested. Adequate preparation may even prevent arrest.

    This website is concerned with religious matters and only obliquely discusses the law. I strongly recommend that medical marijuana ministers rely on a high quality lawyer.

    I (Milo) use my own religion as an example, because this is the religion I know well. I strongly urge people to get together with their lawyer and prepare a similar discussion for their own religion. Again, my religion is only an example.

    Good news: Many people over the years have successfully used Pr Ntr Kmt religious cannabis certificates. The author of this website has personally several times over more than a decade shown various police Pr Ntr Kmt documentation and the police have politely returned the religious cannabis. There are at least two Pr Ntr Kmt cannabis ministers who have been released after the police discovered several pounds of religious cannabis (although the police kept the cannabis). There are numerous real world successes.

    Reality: If the government decides it wants to “get you”, then your only chance is if you can afford a really, really good lawyer.

    The law is whatever the government decides the law is.

    The rights you heard about in grade school only apply if you can afford a great lawyer. Public defenders are under-budgeted and only want to process paperwork for plea bargains. They simply don’t have the time or money for trials.

    We don’t want to discourage anyone from worshiping with cannabis, but we do want to strongly warn everyone that you have a significant risk of long term imprisonment or worse, especially outside of major industrialized nations.

    Please act responsibly. Please hire a lawyer if you can possibly afford to do so.


    These web pages contain religious advice. These web pages are not professional legal or medical advice. Nothing on this website should be considered as a substitute or replacement for professional medical, health, or legal advice. All persons should seek the advice of qualified medical, health, or legal providers.

    If you spot an error in fact, grammar, syntax, or spelling, or a broken link, or have additional information, commentary, or constructive criticism, please contact Milo at PO Box 1361, Tustin, Calif, 92781, USA.

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