Judge Rejects Rastafarian Faith As Defense In Marijuana Case

An Indiana judge has rejected an argument that marijuana possession be a misdemeanor for a man who follows the Rastafarian faith.

INDIANA:  An Indiana judge has rejected an argument by a man who asked that his marijuana possession charge be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor because he follows the Rastafarian faith.

Jerome Scott that he was being charitable to others by cultivating marijuana to ease ailments from chronic back pain to cancer, the South Bend Tribune reports. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jane Woodward Miller said he still broke the law.

“I understand there are many people who agree with you that marijuana should be legal, but you’re in the wrong state for that,” she said. “What you knowingly and deliberately did in Indiana is break the law by not only cultivating it, but also distributing it.”

Followers of the Rastafari faith, developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, believe cannabis is a holy herb, and smoking marijuana is considered a sacrament that brings peace, wisdom and a spiritual connection to nature.

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  1. sherri says

    Although I don’t indulge, I suffer from severe chronic pain after being by on my motorcycle by an suv. …I have legally been ADDICTED to hard core pain meds for the last 9 yrs….synthetic heroine for God’s sake!!!! If I could LEGALLY use a plant provided by God himself…I would do it in a heartbeat!!!! What’s the matter Indiana??? Can’t you make enough money off of marijuana by legalizing it?!? We ALL know it’s about the “Almighty DOLLAR” and NOT the health or well being of Indiana citizens-!!!! Pull your heads out of your butts and set this straight!!!

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