Man Fights To Prove Marijuana As A Holy Sacrament

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

Every religion has sacred materials that make up many of their rituals, but one churches use of marijuana had a Colorado man before a judge monday.

Jason Wimler had pulled over to fix a broken windshield wiper on I-25 on December 22, 2009. He and his girlfriend were on their way to her parents home for a Christmas celebration. When a state trooper, who pulled over to see if he needed assistance, smelled fresh marijuana coming from the car they searched the vehicle. They found less than an ounce of the controlled substance.

Wimler, 22, is an ordained minister for The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry, and told the trooper the marijuana was a religious sacrament to be used during the Christmas holiday. He was cited for possession and sent on his way.

Monday, Wimler, his girlfriend, attorney, and two representatives of THC Ministry were back in Pueblo for a final court hearing prior to his trial. His attorney out of Denver, Danyel Joffe, has taken his case pro bono because it touches on a subject she feels strongly about. The freedom to practice religion without discrimination.

Joffe says, the state allows for peyote to be used as part of religious rituals and that cannabis should be afforded the same exception.

The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry founder Roger Christie attended the hearing, and explained one way in which the controlled substance is used during church services. The cannabis is added as an ingredient in a topical oil used to anoint parishioners. "We think it's the old testament recipe that God gave to Moses, and that it was to be used throughout all the generations. Three hebrew dictionaries that I own say that the fragrant cane, in that recipe is actually cannabis," says Christie.

Meanwhile, Wimler's bid to have a special jury instruction that could have acquitted him was denied by Judge Steven Fieldman. And instead of paying the $100 dollar fine, Wimler and his attorney decided to move forward with the trial so that an appeal on the matter could be made to a higher court.

Wimler's trail is scheduled for July 8th.

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  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Jun 30, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    im not saying that the weed was against his religion but if it was why did he need to have it on him?if it was for the church why didnt it stay in the church locked up?makes ya wonder
  • by LDude Location: over here on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    Matthew, NO REALLY?
  • by Matthew Location: colorado on Jun 29, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    Well i am behind jason 100% and that his beliefs are right and that he has every right to practice his religion as he sees fit. LDude you need to calm down and take in the fact that most people have different beliefs than the ones forced on them by their "leaders"
  • by Roger Christie Location: Hilo, Hawai'i on Jun 29, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Hello there, Aloha. It was my pleasure to support Jason at his court appearance yesterday in Pueblo. Our Minister from the THC Ministry SoCal in Los Angeles, Rev. Jose Halcon, was also in attendance. We were impressed with the courage of Jason to stand-up to the 'marijuana' charge when he could have much more easily paid the fine and been done with the incident long ago. Defense attorney Danyel Joffe of Denver gave it her all. She donated another afternoon of her valuable time 'pro bono' - for free - because she strongly believes in preserving religious practices by sincere practitioners. Mahalo, Danyel. Our answer to the Judge's ruling is the same no matter what he decided: God, that's great! Please show us the blessings in this situation ... and hurry! We are safe, we are loved and all is well. All the best to everyone, Roger Christie, Founder THC Ministry @@@
  • by LDude Location: over here on Jun 29, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    How dare anyone claim that Cannabis is a sacrament in any religion, everyone knows that it is wine,well actually grape juice for our more timid churches,that is the TRUE BLOOD OF Christ....and freedom of religion does not mean that YOU can decide for yourself what g/d is or how you will worship ,always check with your government first before you worship, you want to be sure that your g/d is approved by our great "leaders".
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