Easter On 4/20, Pot Holy Day; Pastors Reach Out

CALIFORNIA: Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping a “higher” power, tutorials on how to make a joint shaped like a cross and photos of Easter baskets piled with pot-filled eggs, a handful of churches nationwide are using the unfortunate coincidence to make much bigger points.

In the Highland Park (no kidding) neighborhood of Los Angeles, a church is using medical marijuana imagery and catchy word play to attract new worshippers to an Easter sermon series called “Medicated,” about seeking fulfillment through God, not drugs. And across the country, in Mississippi, a church is hosting a massive concert to denounce marijuana legalization with the title “Reverse 420: God Keeps Me High.”

Preacher's Daughter Aimee Curry Says Marijuana Is 'Gift From God'

As two U.S. states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana, one woman, a preacher’s daughter, said in a recent interview that the plant-derived drug is a “gift from God.”

Aimee Curry, a 39-year-old daughter of a minister, swears by marijuana’s ability to heal pain. The woman told CNN in a recent interview that although her father would disagree with her use of the recreational drug, she believes it is a “gift from God” due to its ability to relieve the painful and lasting back spasms she experiences as a result of a 1992 car accident that nearly killed her.

Curry told CNN recently that when she was first presented with marijuana by a friend, she denied it, saying, “I can’t do that, it’s bad,” but she was quickly convinced to take her first puff. Since her first inhale, Curry has become pro-marijuana. [Read more…]

Christian Marijuana Dispensary Reconciles Dogma And Dope While Battling The IRS

CALIFORNIA: Early in the morning on Feb. 24, a large man with a long white beard and big cowboy hat gathered with about a dozen other people to pray outside the San Francisco branch of the United States tax court. In a kettledrum voice, Bryan Davies led the group in the Lord’s Prayer before asking, “If there is any evil here, let it be sent to the lake of fire!”

Then Davies strode into the federal building, where he and his wife, Lanette, took on the Internal Revenue Service in a case that could set an important precedent for the nation’s rapidly growing legal marijuana industry.

At issue is a nearly $875,000 tax bill that the Davies’ have refused to pay on the grounds that a 1982 law meant to prevent drug traffickers from deducting business expenses should not apply to Canna Care, their small “Christian-based” medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento—or any other marijuana dispensary legal under state law.  [Read more…]