Guide for medical cannabis ministers
and medical marijuana ministers

    This is a Guide for medical cannabis ministers and medical marijuana ministers.

    This Guide outlines some of the topics you may need to prepare for in order to have a successful legal defense in both federal (U.S.) and state (California) court for working as a medical marijuana minister or medical cannabis minister in a California medical cannabis collective, dispensary, or cooperative.

    Exact material will vary greatly by religion. I provide examples from my own religion, although many of the examples may not apply to your religion. You will want to prepare your own defense, probably with the help of a lawyer skilled in first amendment and criminal law.

holy days

    The courts often consider the existence of holy days in determining if a religion is legally valid.

legal standards

    “5. g. Holidays: As is etymologically evident, many religions celebrate, observe, or mark “holy,” sacred, or important days, weeks, or months.” —United States of America v David Meyers

    “regular religious services,” —IRS definition of a church

religious freedom reply to IRS standards

    The twelfth criterion also excludes certain religious groups. For example, Quakers do not have a “religious service” in the strict sense of that term. Furthermore, services of some organized religions include only mystical contemplation and meditation, although these activities could be constructed as religious services. — “Defining Religion in American Law” by Bruce J. Casino, International Coalition for Religious Freedom

government establishment of religion

    The U.S. Constitution’s first amendment (extended to the states through the 14th amendment) forbids government establishment of religion. Despite this clear constitutional requirement, Judges and other government officials are paid in money that specifically includes the religious oath “In God We Trust” and engage in numerous additional establishments of official government religion as intentional acts of felony treason.

    Government courts are closed on Sundays because of a specifically historical adherence to the Christian sabbath. Government courts are closed on Saturdays because of a specifically historical recognition to the Jewish sabbath. Government courts are closed on Christmas and Easter specifically for the purposes of adhering to Christianity. In the Egyptian religion, Sunday is the best possible day for an innocent person to appear in court.

    Courts stay open on Friday (originally called Freya’Is Day), despite it being the Muslim day of rest and Celtic, Roman, Egyptian, and Germanic beliefs that court and legal activity should not happen on Friday.

    The courts also stay open on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, even though Muslims are forbidden from engaging in legal disputes during Ramadan. The courts also stay open on several Jewish holy days, including Passover week, even though some Jews follow written rules that require specific religious restrictions on those holy days. The courts also stay open on the Ba’hai holy month.

    The courts are open at times that astrology clearly forbids legal activity, including Moon Void of Course (V.C.), Mercury Retrograde, Mars Retrograde, Saturn Retrograde, and numerous aspects.

Kemetic or ancient Egyptian religion

    How about Easter? Easter is the Germanic name of the Egyptian Goddess Bast. The Egyptians hired millions of German soldiers in the War Against the Sea People. Many of these German warriors returned home with worship of Bast and the springtime celebration of Bast/Easter at the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. The Christians usurped the central-most German holy day to make forced conversion to Christianity easier.

    While the Christians changed the date of Easter (a new complicated formula to make it end up on a Sunday), they kept the original name and many of the feaatures of the celebration of the Goddess of beginnings, fertility, and springtime. The eggs and rabbits are pagan fertility symbols. The Easter Basket appears prominently in one of the three common ancient hieroglyphs for the name of Bast. The statue of the Goddess at the Great Temple of Ephesus depicts the Goddess holding a large number of Easter eggs (although some claim they are bull testicals).

    The Germans called the Easter Goddess “Oestra” or “Eostre”. Old English: “Eastre”. Northumbrian: “Eostre”. Old High German: “Ostara”. The month was called “Eostruronaþ” in Northumbrian, “Eatermonaþ” in West Saxon, and “Ostramanoth” in Old High German (with the Germanic rune Thorn replacing the “th” in the first two).

    Oestara was introduced into the Germanic religions after more than one million German mercenaries returned to Germany after the War Against The Sea Peoples. The Germans fought against the Sea People in the Battle of the Delta and the Battle of Djahy. The Sea People had previously defeated, looted, and completely destroyed several major powers in the eastern mediterranean, including the Hatti, Kode, Carchemish, Arzawa, and Alashiya. After the battles, the German mercenaries returned home and brought some Egyptian customs, including their own version of Bast — Ostara. Note that Germany did not exist yet as a nation, but was an area with a whole bunch of tribes that shared the German language and Nordic religion.

    The springtime festival (a fertility ritual for making the year's planting of crops be successful) was called Easter or Eostre. Bede wrote about Eostre during Eosturmonaþ (again, with the Germanic rune Thorn in place of the “th”, monaþ = month) in "The Reckoning of Time" in 725.

    We get the modern English words “Easter” and “east” from the name of the Goddess and the springtime religious festival.

    The modern German word for the Easter bunny is “Osterhase”, similar to the English “Easter Hare”. The older German version was the “Osterfuchs”, or the Easter Fox.


    Rasta holy days are called groundations. The number and choice of groundations varies.

    The most common Rasta groundations are:

    In public gatherings, each Rastafari group has its own standard prayer. Here is one sample:

    “Princes and princesses shall come forth out of Egypt, Ethiopia now stretch forth her hands before Jah. O Thou God of Ethiopia, Thou God of Thy Divine Majesty, Thy Spirit come into our hearts, to dwell in the paths of righteousness. Lead and help I and I to forgive, that I and I may be forgiven. Teach I and I Love and loyalty on earth as it is in Zion, Endow us with Thy wisemind, knowledge and Overstanding to do thy will, thy blessings to us, that the hungry might be fed, the sick nourished, the aged protected, the naked clothed and the infants cared for. Deliver I and I from the hands of our enemy, that I and I may prove fruitful in these Last Days, when our enemy have passed and decayed in the depths of the sea, in the depths of the earth, or in the belly of a beast. O give us a place in Thy Kingdom forever and ever, so we hail our majesty Haile Selassie I, Jehovah God, Rastafari, Almighty God, Rastafari, great and powerful God Jah, Rastafari. Who sitteth and reigneth in the heart of man and woman, hear us and bless us and sanctify us, and cause Thy loving Face to shine upon us thy children, that we may be saved, Selah.”


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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.


    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.

    Get a Pr Ntr Kmt certificate as proof that your cannabis religion is real.

    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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Created: December 25, 2009

Last Updated: September 02, 2015

May Goddess Bast grant YOU love, peace, joy, bounty, and wisdom.