introduction to cannabis religion
These materials are divided into two parts. The first part is for your lawyer and is a poor introduction to cannabis religion. The second part is an introduction for real people and is not structured to meet the Byzantine standards of the courts.
You have noticed that cannabis has spiritual aspects and have heard that there is a federal law that protects innocent religious use of cannabis. Dont make the mistake of thinking that you can simply tell the DEA that you are practicing a cannabis religion and they will apologize and walk away.
You need to be able to present a detailed and complete defense of your religious beliefs in a manner that meets very unfair standards. Or better yet, you want a competent and skilled lawyer to make the presentation for you.
This guide centers on Am Khent Kemeticism, but there are many other cannabis religions and you may find much of the information here useful in preparing defenses with other religions.
I need to emphasize that it is best that you avoid getting caught in the first place. Arrest is horrific and you will find that many Constitutional rights that you took for granted dont actually apply in reality. The violations of your rights will be outrageous. Innocent people have been intentionally placed in unattended cells with violent psychopaths for the sole purpose of being beaten, raped, tortured, or killed. Government law enforcement officials have actually blatantly murdered unarmed unresisting innocent people just to take their property. The government is authorized to engage in psychological torture without any limitations and increasingly engages in physical torture as well. In addition to stealing all of your property, the government often will steal property from your friends, family, and relatives, arrest your friends, family, and relatives, and take your children away from you.
If you havent been able to avoid arrest in the first place, then the burden is on you to convince a judge that is very hostile to your religion that you actually have the right to practice a religion other than Christianity.
Federal courts require that a defendant present their religious beliefs with the skill of an articulate professor of religion, even though the vast majority of Christians barely know their own religion and couldnt possibly explain Christianity to the courts satisfaction. This is an important reason to have a highly skilled lawyer argue your case for you.
If you can afford a high quality lawyer, then you should get in contact with that lawyer immediately, long before any arrest. if you can not afford a highly skilled lawyer, you should argue your own case, because the courts will hold the incompetence of a poor lawyer against you, even if the lawyer is drunk in the courtroom and repeatedly falls asleep during proceedings.
Am Khent Kemeticism is an eclectic version of the ancient Egyptian religion as practiced at Per-Bastet (Bubastis) in the 18th Sepat (nome) of the Nile Delta, Am Khent (the Prince of the South).
Even in antiquity the Kemetic religion was eclectic, which means that each individual believer picks and chooses from an array of beliefs based on what he or she personally believes is the truth for him or her. In Am Khent Kemeticism, believers discover their personal requirements from the divine via the use of cannabis.
Because this is an eclectic religion, you can continue to worship foreign deities, such as Jesus, God, Allah, etc. Doing so will weaken your case in the eyes of those who believe in a one-way version of an Abrahamic religion.
The Abrahamic religions are the religions that claim to be derived from the beliefs of the mythical Abraham. These include Judaism, Christianity (including off-shoots such as Mormons and Jehovahs Witnesses), and Islam (including off-shoots such as Sufi and BaHai).
You can even continue to use religious texts, such as the Christian Bible, Jewish Torah, or Islamic Koran. This again presents purity issues. This also presents the problem that the Bible, Torah, and Quran all specifically require that all members of Am Khent Kemeticism be put to death. Thomas Jefferson solved his desire to continue to be guided by Jesus words while being free of the evil parts of the Bible by creating his own Bible that was edited to only include those parts that he personally believed were true. Jefferson was strongly condemned for this practice.
At some point you will need to deal with the W word that is, Witchcraft. Growing, preparing, distrbuting, using, and possessing cannabis is Witchcraft. The ancient Egyptian religion is Witchcraft. Many people are very uncomfortable with the words Witch and Witchcraft because of millenia of Christian and Islamic propganda. You do not have to view yourself as a Witch, but you need to be aware that the government will view your religion as Witchcraft.
A few concepts that you need to get to know right away:
KMT: KMT, or Kemet, is the most common of the native Egyptian words for their own country. Kemetic simply means ancient Egyptian.
Ntr: Ntr, or Neter, is the Kemetic divine. The ancient Egyptians viewed the divine as beyond human comprehension and believed that anything that the human mind could conceive of was at best an incomplete version of the true divine. The neteru are the many ancient Egyptian deities. The neteru are human comprehensible versions of the true Ntr.
Bast: Bast is one of the oldest of the Kemetic neteru. The city of Per-Bastet, capital of the Am Khent sepat (or state), was dedicated to the worship of Bast. Bast is a very complex and complete Goddess. She if often described as the Goddess of cats and usually depicted as a beautiful human woman with the head of a cat. She is also the Goddess of cannabis and every cannabis plant is a physical embodiment of Bast. All followers of Am Khent Kemeticism are required to honor Bast, cats, and cannabis.
Law of Maat: Maat is a powerful concept and doesnt easily translate into English. Possible translations include the right order of things, the Cosmic order, the Cosmic Balance, good, justice, truth, and similar phrases and words. All followers of Am Khent Kemeticism are required to obey the Law of Maat. Again, because of the eclectic nature of Kemeticism, difefrent believers are likely to have different beliefs about what exactly is required by the Law of Maat.
Ntr Sentra: This literally means the breath of the divine and is the ritual of burning or vaporizing cannabis buds, flowers, and leaves to have one's prayers carried tot he divine and to allow the divine to impart one with deep spiritual and religious thought.
See also guide to cannabis religion.