There is no religious right in Arizona to possess marijuana, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, saying freedom of religion is not the same as freedom of action.
The judges rejected arguments that the First Amendment protections of free exercise of religion entitle an Arizona resident, Daniel Hardesty, to use marijuana as a ‘sacrament’ of his church.
They said the state has the power to totally ban possession of the drug because of its known harmful nature.
But the judges left the door open to considering future arguments about the religious freedom to use marijuana.
Full Story: Religion News Blog
August 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm
I wonder what, exactly, that “known harmful nature” actually is? The strong urge to consume Cheetos?
August 3, 2008 at 2:58 am
I write about the Church of Cognizance in the upcoming Key64 Special Edition. I know from firsthand sources that this is far from over, regardless of what the media spin in this piece leads one to believe.