An academic and political treatise by Chris Conrad, to address the question:
Is there an ecumenical religious creed common to a significant number of cannabis-based religious beliefs, that can be articulated and offered as a formal petition to Congress for redress of grievances to protect religious use of cannabis under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America?
This treatise, based on the information posted on this website, establishes the sacramental use of cannabis as an ancient religious practice and promotes the tolerance of all fundamental human rights, including freedom of religion.
- First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
- Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, excerpt: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
We therefore hold that a universal set of principles and practices does exist that meets the above qualifications.
This is a sincere personal belief of millions of people and it is a fundamental suppression of Constitutional and Human Rights to persecute them and interfere with their cultivation, possession and sharing of sacramental cannabis. The Cannamaste circle is a protected place for Cantheists to partake and share of cannabis with a sacramental intent.
Based on the following principles, we do hereby assert that adherence to Cantheism (Cannatheism), the religious use of resinous cannabis (marijuana, marihuana, hash), is a real religion that should be recognized and protected under the First Amendment Freedom of Religion and the 14th Amendment Equal Protection clause.