Ruling: No religious right to marijuana (Arizona Daily Star)

MAYBE PZ MYERS WILL TRY TO DESECRATE THAT NEXT

PHOENIX — 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.

Hardesty was arrested in 2005 after being stopped by police while driving in Yavapai County. At trial, Hardesty testified he had been a practicing member of the Church of Cognizance since 1993. A church official said the religion, founded in 1991, is based on “neo-Zoroastrian tenets” and marijuana provides a connection to the divine mind and spiritual enlightenment.

Ruling: No religious right to marijuana | www.azstarnet.com ®

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