Though religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution, in
"At an evidentiary hearing regarding the religious use defense, Hardesty presented evidence that marijuana is the main religious sacrament of the
Once again the will of the government is more important than the will of the people.
From the court decision on freedom in Arizona to pray
Although religious exercise may provide a valid defense under A.R.S. § 41-1493.01, in the circumstances of this case, Hardesty’s defense fails as a matter of law. We affirm the judgment of the trial court and vacate the opinion of the court of appeals.
Rebecca White Berch, Chief Justice
Andrew D. Hurwitz, Vice Chief Justice
Because Hardesty is asserting a FERA defense to criminal charges, the issue is whether a less restrictive statute or regulation would have excused the conduct for which he was convicted. For example, apart from the specific statutory exemption under A.R.S. § 13-3402(B), a member of the Native American Church charged with possession of peyote might be able to assert that a less restrictive governmental regulation than a total ban would serve the government’s interest. The analysis would be different, however, if the charged criminal use occurred while the defendant was driving a school bus.
Hardesty was convicted of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He made no argument concerning the drug paraphernalia charge, apparently tying his conviction on that charge to his religious use defense on the possession charge. Because Hardesty’s religious use defense fails, we affirm the conviction on the paraphernalia charge as well as the possession charge.
Michael D. Ryan, Justice
W. Scott Bales, Justice
Ruth V. McGregor, Justice (Retired)"
That can't be right, but it is.
"The unanimous decision in Arizona v. Hardesty rejected Danny Ray Hardesty's argument that he was entitled to employ the same defense allowed for peyote use in Native American sacramental rites." reported the AP. He argued that the free exercise clauses of the
What is compelling the government to deny interaction with a non-toxic hemp plant? Could it be greed, control, or just plain evil that is causing the government to take this stand between the Lord and His creations?
Presidents Jefferson and Washington grew hemp. Why would they have in their intention making their plantations illegal? How would that work? George Washington said "MAKE THE MOST OF THE HEMP SEED, SOW IT EVERYWHERE." In modern times based on current law, Presidents Washington and Jefferson are criminals rather than founding fathers.
So let us get this straight because almost eleven years ago the people of
There is no such thing as the freedom to pray in
So much for separation of church and state.
For more on how hemp is used in prayer and religion, visit the USA Hemp Museum .