MAN AN ANGEL
Revelation 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9. Then he saith unto me, See thou do it not; for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book; worship God.
Due to the prosecution of God’s church from the beginning of the Christian era and due to the persecution against marijuana, the true understanding of the Eucharist has remained hidden from Christiandom and the world, only to be revealed in these times, the culmination of all human history.
Persecution followed persecution, first at the hands of the Jews who opposed the belief in Jesus as a New Messiah, and then by the Romans, reaching a bitter climax during the reign of Diocletian from 303-311, when many sacred texts were burned. Lot, Ferdinand, The End of the Ancient World and the Beginning of the Middle Ages, Philip and Mariette Leon, trans.and Brothers , New York, 1931, 1961. p24.
The Inquisition, which was not formerly abandoned until 1820, left a stain of blood that all the tears of the saints can never wash away. Translation and publication of the Bible was long opposed by the Church of Rome, on pain of death, (or worse, excommunication which meant you went to hell forever. (THE ANOINTED ONES)
Anyone that did not adhere to the Church of Rome were labeled as heretics and persecuted and driven underground.
While embracing wine as a sacrament, and tolerating beer and hard liquor, the Inquisition outlawed cannabis ingestion in Spain in the 12th Century, and France in the 13th. Anyone using hemp to communicate, heal, etc. was labeled “witch”. In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII singled out cannabis healers and other herbalist, proclaiming hemp an unholy sacrament of the second and third types of Satanic mass. This persecution lasted for more than 150 years. (Jack Herer , The Emperor Wears No Clothes)
The fact that cannabis was an entheogen and that one could know the God within was a threat to the Church of Rome. One no longer needed the priesthood to make intercession.
Alan Watts' said, “Nothing could be more alarming to the ecclesiastical authorities than a popular outbreak of mysticism, for this might well amount to setting up a democracy in the Kingdom of heaven. (Watts, Alan, Psychedelics and religious experience in Psychedelics, Barnard Aaronson and Humphrey Osmond, eds. Doubleday and Co., Garden City, New York, 1970. p. 139)
In 1945 a jar of ancient Gnostic codices was discovered near the Nile river. Tucked away beneath a stone, these text expand our view of Jesus and reveal a once thriving form of Christianity that emphasized a personal “knowledge” or “gnosis”.
As we have seen marijuana has been used since ancient times for spiritual and religious purposes. It has been used to reveal the God or Goddess within. It is essential to the evolution of mankind and realizing heaven on earth. Walter Wells (deceased elder) in the opening “Offering of Devotion” was quoted as saying “Marijuana is the only peacemaker among the entire generation.”
The fact that the authorities have outlawed the churches sacrament means that the political governments are fighting against Gods saints and the setting up of Gods peaceful Kingdom here on earth. We seek to build a Kingdom of Peace, of Brotherly Love, an uncompetitive world in which we help one another, in which the weapons of mass destruction are turned into plowshares...a truly United Nations in which all nations, kindreds and peoples come together for the common good. This is prophesied in the Bible and we owe it to our children and their children to usher in this truly spiritual and enlightened Age.
When one undertakes the study of the worlds religions they find an undertone of truth that resonate with the same vibration through all of them. Yet because so many people are up to their knees in dogma, religion has become a catalyst for many a war. There is the Sufi tale, by the poet Rumi, that illustrates this. It tells of some men who stumble upon an elephant in the dark. Each man sought to examine the elephant by touch alone (from one perspective), each thought the one part that they examined was the total reality of the object. For one, the elephant was only a fan (ear), for another, a rope (tail), for a third, a pillar (leg), and so on. They all failed to understand the whole elephant and were therefore lost in bickering about its true identity.
All major religions are one.
Christianity-Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets (Matthew 7:12)
Islam- No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself (Sunnah)
Buddhism- Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful(Udana Varga 5:18)
Confucianism- Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you (Analects 15:23)
Taoism-Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss (T'ai Shag Kan Ying P'ien)
Brahmanism- This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you (Mahabharata 5:1517)
Judaism- What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary (Talmud, Shabbat 31:a)
Zorastrianism- That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good; for itself (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5)
Wicca- As it harm none, do what thou wilt (The Great Rede)
We are living in an age of instant communication. We have computers and social networking. It is possible that in the not too distant future the majority of the earths peoples will be connected. We can have a truly United Nations. In our Church we were taught that the “Voice of the People is the Voice of God”. It is our belief that when presented with the facts the people will make the right decision.
Even with all the lies told about marijuana the people have woken up to the fact that marijuana is not the evil that the political governments have maintained it is and the majority at least in the United States support its use for medical use. If enough become aware of its spiritual and commercial applications they will support it for that as well. In fact a lot of major industrial countries already allow the growing of hemp for its commercial uses.
BEHOLD THE TREE OF LIFE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS
About the Author and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church
I Jeff Brown joined the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (EZCC) when I was 20 years old. I am now 56. I grew up in Miami where I met some of the American members of the church in 1975. I started smoking marijuana when I was 15 and liked it a lot. It relaxed me, made me laugh, gave me the munchies, food tasted better, music sounded better, I enjoyed being in nature, smelling the flowers, listening to the birds. It brightened up my day. I was a young hippie, opposed to the war in Vietnam, the corruption of politics (polytricks), interested in saving the environment , etc.
The members of the church told me that marijuana was the true sacrament, that it wasn' t wine or grape juice and that if I was looking for God I was to look for him within. This made sense to me and I ended up becoming a member of the church. The church reached the pinnacle of its power around 1980. The church received extensive publicity as 60 Minutes did a segment, Life, Science, Omni, Rolling Stone and other magazines did articles, numerous newspaper stories were written about the church and Brother Louv, the main American spokesman for the church was on various tv shows. The church put out a free paper called Coptic Times.
It was in 1980 that various brothers and some sisters were arrested for possessing and importing the churches sacrament. I was one of those arrested and ended up doing 5 years in federal prison. While there I taught myself to type and did most of the research that went into the first edition of Marijuana and the Bible.
At this date, 2011 all the Jamaican elders of the church have passed away and the church has scattered to the winds. It no longer exist as an organized entity.
One of the brothers, Carl Olsen has continued the work of the church. He presently resides in Iowa and has worked to free up the plant on religious grounds. He has also worked on the behalf of medical patients to have marijuana removed from Schedule I of the controlled substances act. Through his work he was able to get the Iowa board of pharmacy to make a unanimous decision that marijuana should be removed from Iowa schedule I. He is continuing his work. He has two websites for more information on the church and his work.
I would also like to hear from anyone that likes this work and would like to help in distribution and/or putting this work into other languages. I had one brother from Brazil who liked the first edition, ask if he could put it in Portuguese and I told him to go for it.
Sincerely Jeff Brown
There are also other groups that believe in the sacramentality of marijuana and have set up churches and/or religions. Some can be reached at Cannabis Churches. Google Cannabis Churches and you should find the cannabis churches website as well as websites for various groups that believe in the spiritual use of cannabis.
I would also like to direct you to the website of Joan Bello who has been fighting the good fight for years.
Also two sites for Terry Winger who put together the film The Fire Baptism.and Lost Sacraments- The film is about cannabis being the Fire Baptism and the Holy Anointing Oil.
Carl Olsen filed a legal case against the DEA seeking an exemption for marijuana like the Native American Church has for peyote. Two excellent reviews of the case are, Marijuana as a Holy Sacrament by Cindy Mazur, Vol. 5, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, No. 3 (1991), page 693, and Accomadating Religious Drug Use and Society's War On Drugs, by Lesley Frank, Vol. 58, George Washington Law Review, page 1019 (June 1990). I have included the Conclusion of “Marijuana as the Holy Sacrament.”`
Notre Dame Journal of law, ethics and public policy [vol. 5]
MARIJUANA AS A “HOLY SACRAMENT”
Congress and the DEA have accorded a sacramental drug exemption to Native Americans regarding peyote. The EZCC (Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church) has tried for years to obtain a similar exemption regarding marijuana. This past June, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decision denying the EZCC a sacramental drug exemption similar to that held by the NAC.
The D.C. Court of Appeals decision to deny an exemption to the EZCC violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. This court's reliance on the DEA's statement that it has greater law enforcement control problems with marijuana will not satisfy an application of strict scrutiny. The DEA must explain why a very narrow exemption extended to one-hundred to two-hundred people would undermine it's interest in preventing drug abuse, when an unlimited exemption for peyote extended to 300,000 to 400,000 people does not. Additionally, there must be a forth right analysis of the current trends regarding the public's abuse of marijuana and the growing body of information concerning marijuana's use for medicinal purposes.
The appeals court set forth various aspects of the NAC (Native American Church) which made it particularly well suited for an exemption, and then failed to recognize that the EZCC has demonstrated significant similarity to the NAC regarding these aspects. For example, the EZCC views the recreational use of its sacrament as sacrilegious, has much stricter controls on its membership, and regards marijuana as a deity as does the NAC concerning peyote. Additionally, as a result of its proposed exemption, the EZCC would exercise much greater control over its ceremony than the NAC.
The EZCC is being denied a benefit accorded to another church because of its ritual, its traditions, because it is not indigenous, and because of the abuse of its sacrament by non-members. The EZCC has proposed to modify its traditions and ritual, to adhere to practices which are much more restrictive than those of the NAC, and help with monitoring problems, to no avail.
The reasons for the denial appear to flow from the fact that the EZCC is a relatively new religion to this country, of black origin, small and unpopular. The establishment clause was specifically written to protect these very types of religions from being denied benefits extended to more politically popular religious groups. If the EZCC were accorded the basic protections guaranteed by the establishment clause, its right to partake of marijuana as its holy sacrament, in accordance with it's narrow exemption proposed by Olsen, could not be denied.
MORE RECENT REQUEST FROM THE DEA BY MYSELF
DEA RELIGIOUS PETITION
Joseph T. Rannazzisi
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Office of Diversion Control
Drug Enforcement Administration
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Pursuant to DEA publication, “Guidance Regarding Petitions for Religious Exemptions from the Controlled Substances Act Pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In recent years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has seen an increase in request from parties requesting religious exemptions from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to permit the use of controlled substances. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provides that the “Government shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion” unless the Government can demonstrate “that application of the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” 42 U.S. 2000bb-1. In Gonzalez v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, 126 S. Ct. 1211 (2006), the Supreme Court held that government action taken pursuant to the CSA is subject to RFRA. In order to obtain an exemption under RFRA, a party must, as a preliminary matter, demonstrate that its (1) sincere (2) religious exercise is (3) substantially burdened by the CSA.
My name is Jeff Brown and I live in Central Florida. I am 52 years old and have used cannabis since I was 15. I grew up in Miami, Florida and in public schools was subjected to anti marijuana films. So at first I was a little scared to try it. Reefer madness, etc. I finally tried it and must admit that I liked it a lot. It relaxed me, gave me the munchies and made me laugh a lot. It brightened up my day. I took more time to listen to the birds sing and to smell the flowers. Music sounded better, food tasted better, my senses were enhanced.
When I was about 18 I got interested in the Bible. I was raised in a Christian Church and went to Sunday school as a young man. I truly believed in God and remember praying to him on occasion . One of my prayers was that I asked God to help me help others.
Anyway I read a book called the “Great Late Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsay which took biblical prophesy and related it to this time. My interest was stoked and I read the Bible from cover to cover.
When I was 19 I met some spiritual brothers that belonged to the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church. The church was famous in Miami and Jamaica back around 1980. It was a church that used marijuana as its sacrament. The church received extensive publicity; Sixty Minutes, Omni and Science magazines. The Church was a Rasta Church. Rastafari was one of the churches name for God. It was the churches belief God had many different names and does have many different names in the Bible.
The brothers told me that if I wanted to know God that I would have to look inside. That I was the temple of God, that the holy spirit was within me. They also told me that cannabis was a tool for looking within., for finding the God that lives within. That cannabis was the holy spirit, that cannabis was the tree of life spoken of in the book of Revelation. That it was the incense burned in the Bible. That cannabis was a healing herb. They taught me many many things.
I grew up liking marijuana and this religion made perfect sense to me. The main teaching being to love one another. To love thy neighbor as thyself.
For many reasons the church has all but broken up. Jamaican elders have all passed away. Other members have also died, gotten married, started new lives, etc. I am sure there are others that still believe the basic teaching of the church. But we have been scattered. Government persecution of the churches sacrament had a detrimental effect.
One of the things I did with my life was to write Marijuana and the Bible. It has been posted on the web by various individuals in various places. Google Marijuana and the Bible.
Marijuana and the Bible goes into thousands of years of history of the spiritual and religious use of cannabis. It is a historical fact that marijuana has been used by many different cultures and religions around the world. Volumns have been written on the subject.
It has been used as a healing herb, it has provided food in times of famine (seed), clothing, paper, tents, etc. Popular Mechanics in 1938 called it a billion dollar crop in reference to all its commercial applications. Plastics, bio-mass etc.
It is my personal belief that cannabis is truly the tree of life for the healing of the nations. Spiritual, medicinal and environmental healing of the soul and planet. It is undoubtably the number one most useful plant in existence. Volumns have been written on the subject. See “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer
The marijuana laws substantially burden my beliefs. I pray that one day cannabis will no longer be illegal and that free people in a free country will no longer be persecuted for it. I especially pray for all those people who truly benefit from its medicinal use. I know God is praying for the same thing.
The people of the country have spoken. Time and time again, in poll after poll the people support another persons right to the medical use of this beneficial herb. The voice of the people is the voice of God.
It is known for helping those with glacoma to keep from losing their sight, it has helped those undergoing cancer therapy to eat , to sleep, it has brightened up their day.
Volumns have been written on the many medicinal benefits that can derive from cannabis. In fact Eli Lilly and Park Davis pharmaceutical companies made preparations from cannabis before it was made illegal in 1938. It was in the pharmacopeia of the United States. How has this become a crime in a free country?
The governments own reports have concluded that adults should be able to use this herb in the privacy of their homes.
The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded over 50 studies and surveys of opinions of professional experts, district attorneys, judges, probation officers, clinicians, and public officials.
The report of the Commission on Marijuana found that “no sufficiently social reason, predicated on existing knowledge, justifies intrusion by the criminal justice system into the private lives of individuals who smoke marijuana” and “marijuana use is not such a grave problem that individuals who smoke marijuana, and possess it for that purpose, should be subject to criminal procedures”. (Marijuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding, March 22, 1972, at page 150. )
“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substance known to man.” Recommended Ruling at pages 58-59. The DEA's own Administrative Judge, Francis Young “In Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling, DEA Docket No. 86-22. Sept. 6, 1988. He also recommended that marijuana be moved to schedule II so that it could be prescribed.
What I want from the DEA is an exemption for my personal growing and use of marijuana in the privacy of my home. I also would like to be able to smoke marijuana in a national forest when I am camping and communing with nature. This of course means that I should be able to carry a certain small amount for personal use. I also want to be able to share my sacrament with like minded individuals whether in my private home or a church setting.
It is my understanding that medical patients in California are allowed to carry a certain amount when they board an airplane. Some of these medical marijuana states allow the growing, possession, transporting, and use. Some even allow the distribution for medical use.
It is my understanding that the Obama administration now recognizes the medical use of marijuana under state law. That the administration has no intention of persecuting these citizens. All I want is the same thing for my religious use.
If you can't give me that exemption I would like to know what your compelling interest is and if you have a least restrictive means of allowing me to practice my religion.
I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the information provided herein is true and correct. See. 28 S.S.C. 1746.
Jeffrey Allan Brown
656 E. Highway 50
Clermont, Florida 34711 dated Oct, 29, 2009
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
stamped Dec. 18, 2009
Dear Mr. Brown
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has received your petition dated Oct. 29, 2009, in which you request an exemption to use marijuana for religious purposes.
DEA's Guidance Regarding Petitions for Religious Exemption from the Controlled Substances Act Pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“Guidance”) provides that petitions that do not conform to the Guidance will not be accepted for filing. See Guidance, 4. Because your petition lacks certain basic information requested by the Guidance, we are unable to accept your petition for filing at this time. Below, we provide a brief description of the deficiencies of your petition.
Section 2 of DEA's Guidance request that a petition include “detailed information about...(1) the nature of the religion (e.g.its history, belief system, structure, practice, membership policies, rituals, holidays, organization, leadership, etc, and (2) each specific religious practice that involves the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, importation, exportation, use or possession of a controlled substance.” Your petition discusses your interest in the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church and the fact that you learned “many things' from the Church. Other statements that you make in the petition suggest that your a member of the Church, but you do not explicitly state that you are a member. Your petition also lacks detailed information about your religion's belief system, structure, practices, membership policies, rituals, holidays, organization, and leadership. Further more, while you discuss a number of ways in which people have used marijuana, you do not provide any detailed information about your specific religious practices (as opposed to your beliefs) involving marijuana.
DEA's Guidance further request that a petition address “the amounts, conditions, and locations of (the substance's) anticipated manufacture, distribution, dispensing, importation, exportation, use or possession.” You state that you would like an exemption for 'personal growing and use' and “to smoke marijuana in a national forest” when you are 'camping and communing with nature.” You also note that you want permission to share marijuana “with like minded individuals whether in (your) private home or in a church setting.” Your petition does not address the amounts of marijuana you expect to use for each of these purposes, the frequency of that use, or the specific conditions and specific locations of the anticipated use.
Because of these deficiencies, we cannot accept your petition for filing at this time. If you wish, you may resubmit a corrected petition. We urge you to carefully consider 2 of the Guidance which addresses the content of petitions for religious exemptions. Please note that you are not limited to topics outlined in 2, and you may submit any information that you believe to be relevant to DEA's determination under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Controlled Substances Act. Please provide any and all information (including attachments) that you believe would be helpful. If you choose to resubmit your petition and DEA accepts it for filing, please be aware that DEA reserves the opportunity to request additional documents or written statements of fact that DEA deems necessary to determine whether the petition should be granted See Guidance 5.
Sincerely Joseph T. Rannazzisi
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Dear Mr. Rannazzisi
Thankyou for your reply to my Religious Petition in which I ask for a DEA exemption to use my religious sacrament which is cannabis. I will try my best to meet the Guidance that you request.
First of all for the record let me state that I do consider myself a member of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church but as a practical matter the EZCC does not exist as an organized religious entity. I know of no place where worship services are being conducted under that name.
The EZCC had no restrictions on the use of its sacrament and had three prayer services daily in which copious amounts of cannabis were used. To become a member of the EZCC one had to confess his or her sins and to start life afresh-to repent from those sins. The EZCC observes no special holidays. The main teaching of the EZCC is to love one another, even your enemies. Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.
If you know about Christianity you know that the early Christian church was led by Christ and his disciples, that they traveled around healing and doing good, that they met in private homes and that they partook of the sacrament. In that perspective my religion goes back to the time of Christ. To be a Christian one does not need to go to church. We were taught that we are the temple of God, that God lived in Us. He lives in Me and He lives in You and He lives in a big old Rascal too. Rastafari!
As I pointed out in my first petition all the elders of the EZCC have passed away and the church has scattered to the winds. It was recognized as a bona-fide religion by the Florida Supreme Court in