On behalf of the Oklevueha Native American Church, Michael Rex “Raging Bear” Mooney filed a lawsuit (PDF doc) against the DEA, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Hawaii U.S. Attorney Edward H. Kubo for the right to use cannabis in religious ceremonies without fear of federal prosecutionâ€”it’s a total buzz kill. The group already fought and won the right to use Peyote, which makes the prohibition of the sacred weed highly irrational, especially since they’re not using it to get high, but to “enhance spiritual awareness or even to occasion direct experience of the divine.” The recognized tribe claims the government’s policy on cannabis violates the: the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, they have a major grievance with the Hawaii’s top prosecutor:
Surely this is grounds for cruel and unusual punishment too, right?
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