TORONTO (CP) — If some religions sip wine at the altar, others should be allowed to smoke pot.
That is the opinion of Rev. Edwin Pearson and Rev. Michel Ethier, two ordained ministers behind a class-action lawsuit challenging Canada’s marijuana laws.
The ministers, along with lay preacher James Hoad, allege the federal government is violating the religious freedom of members of the Church of the Universe, which claims marijuana as a “sacrament.”
In a statement of claim filed with the Federal Court of Canada, the trio accuses the government of harassing church members and “denuding” them of their dignity. They allege church members are often stopped leaving services and their “sacramental cannabis” seized.
Thu, August 9, 2007