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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Cannabis Church by Melanie Marquis

In a federal court ruling on December 7th, the Healing Church of Rhode Island won its legal right to use and distribute cannabis as part of its religious ceremonies. Founded on the belief that cannabis is a healing agent and holy sacrament mentioned throughout the original Hebrew biblical texts as a plant known as “KNH BSM,” the Healing Church uses cannabis for anointing, healing, and offerings. Monday's ruling was only a partial victory for the church, however, as federal court Judge Mary Lisi upheld the group's rights to consume and share cannabis with its congregation, but stopped short of granting the church permission to perform their cannabis ceremonies on federal lands. The battle has largely centered around a well located at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, a place the Healing Church believes is religiously significant, and a place which also happens to be a part of the National Parks system. Referencing their belief in the location as the birthplace of religious freedom as well as a sacred site linked to the resurgence of the “holy KNH BSM”--a.k.a. “biblical cannabis”--the group applied for a permit and federal injunction in May of this year to be allowed to hold a cannabis ceremony at the memorial. While their permit to conduct the ceremony was approved, the injunction to burn cannabis offerings as part of the religious ritual was denied. The group held their services anyway and faced fines, confiscation of various religious artifacts, and alleged harassment of church members.

Undeterred, church leaders filed an affidavit with the federal courts asking for their Constitutional rights to freely practice their religion to be permanently secured and upheld, including their right to conduct religious ceremonies with cannabis at the Roger Williams National Memorial. While the church can now use cannabis at private locations of worship without fear of legal consequences, Judge Lisi ruled that the group could not conduct their cannabis rites at the Roger Williams National Memorial well until they are able to fully demonstrate to the court's satisfaction the particular importance of practicing these ceremonies at the specific site in question. The Healing Church is planning to file an appeal.

 

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Stocking Stuffers For Stoners

Posted by CANNASaver on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 in Canna Blog

Stocking Stuffers for Stoners

by Melanie Marquis

Are you looking for the perfect present for that special stoner in your life? Here are some easy and affordable gift ideas that any herb smoker would appreciate. Tuck these little gifts into your loved one's stocking for an extra surprise, or package them together to make a complete kit:

Manicure Scissors: These tiny scissors that are made for trimming fingernails are the perfect size for clipping off choice pieces of buds, too. Cannabis is covered with THC crystals, which are easily knocked off when buds are torn, ripped, or otherwise handled with a heavy hand. With a pair of manicure scissors, the conscientious stoner can clip off exactly what's needed with minimal touching, keeping all those precious THC crystals intact.

Cannabis Coupon Book: For the frugal cannabis connoisseur, consider creating a coupon book filled with discounts on everything from smoking accessories to ounces. You can clip coupons from local magazines, or make use of CannaSaver to find a wide variety of deals and savings from local dispensaries all on one website. You can browse by location, browse by categories such as clones or concentrates, or simply select the best deals from the featured coupons. Then, just click to print, trim up the pages so it looks all nice and neat, staple it together, make a snazzy cover, and you've got yourself a custom-made cannabis coupon book that's not only personal, but also useful. You might also include hand-drawn coupons featuring your own special offers for a “free blaze session,” “free bowl cleaning,” or other weed related services you could provide.

Resin Scrapers: From fancy “pokers” that look much like elongated hat pins to a good old fashioned box of paper clips, resin scrapers are a practical and thoughtful choice for the pipe smoker. With even moderate usage, a pipe can very quickly get clogged with resinous compounds left behind by the cannabis, and it seems there's hardly ever a scraping device handy when you need one. Come to think of it, you might want to throw in a pencil case or other small plastic box with a lid in which to store the scrapers, too.

Exfoliating Soap: Going right along with the above gift, don't forget to toss in a bar of exfoliating soap. Greasy and tar-like, resin clings to skin even worse than it does to pipes, and it can be incredibly difficult to wash off. Exfoliating soaps contain small pieces of pumice or other gritty substances that allow gunk and grime to be easily scrubbed away. Lava soap is one of the better-known brands, but you can find other varieties, as well. Often used by mechanics and construction workers, you can find the soap at automotive supply shops and hardware stores. Filthy hands are an unpleasant and unavoidable side effect of resin scraping, and giving your pot-smoking pals a more effective way to wash up with less effort will be much appreciated.

Smoking Accessories: Although an obvious choice, smoking accessories are nevertheless big winners when it comes to giving a stoner a gift they will love. Look for unusual, novelty, or specialty items such as wind-resistant or butane-free lighters, hemp wicks, over-sized or especially deluxe rolling papers, a collapsible rubber bong, or an especially thick and strong or artistically crafted glass pipe.

Deodorizers: Just because it's legal doesn't make it desirable for one's house to smell like a hippie den! Give your favorite stoner the gift of a good-smelling home with some incense, odor-neutralizing spray, scented candles, or potpourri infused with natural essential oils. Spicy scents like cinnamon, Nag Champa, or patchouli are most effective at masking the smell of pot smoke, while citrus or floral scents are good for disguising the odor of herbs being grown.

Stash Jars and Boxes: It's always nice to have little jars or other containers in which to store and stash buds. Look for glass jars with cork tops or screw-on lids for an air-tight seal that will keep herbs fresh. A wooden treasure box with lock and key can be nice for stowing away pipes and other accessories. If you're artistic, consider purchasing an unfinished wooden box at a craft supply store or an old jewelry box from a thrift store, and decorate it yourself using paint, markers, stickers, or decoupage.

With these ideas in mind, holiday shopping for your pot-smoking pals should be a breeze. Keep it fun and simple, and remember that if all else fails, you can always just tie a tiny ribbon around a joint and call it a day.

Happy Holidays From CannaSaver

 

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