Monthly Archives: June 2015

The nonsensical war on cannabis

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We need more politicians standing up for the people they supposedly represent. Social media gives voters the ability to engage with politics. This is a serious threat to the good old boys and a life line for the planet. Our online actions matter, so if you have time, follow your local politician on Facebook, tsu.co etc and engage with them. We are the people and if we don’t do something we will passively help destroy the planet we live on.

Tell your local politician to get moving on cannabis! It is clearly a medicine and it clearly has many other uses. The reefer madness propaganda has been proven to be utterly false. The congressman in this video is a fine example of what politicians could be like. Both he and Bernie Sanders could help prevent the total control corporations have on society. If you want to help, join our cannabis church or question your local politician on social media. It is in our hands, so let’s get to it!

What is the European Church of Cannabis about

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After you get over the shock that there is a real European cannabis church, you might wonder, what is it about.

Our church is helping to unite growers of the holy herb. Within the cannabis community, there are different people and roles. The happy hippie to the grandma stoner business woman, cannabis is used by a complete cross section of society. The growers of the herb are a unique part of this clan. They are the ones with supreme patience. They understand the plant. They grow and die with each harvest. These are the priests of our group. Our church is full of people who love the herb. You don’t have to smoke or have dreadlocks, you just need to have love and respect for yourself and everyone else.

The prohibition of cannabis tried to stamp out more than just the plant. Authorities don’t like friendly, open, thinking people who question why the world is the way it is. The war on drugs was a very real war. Only police had guns however, and they used them to steal liberty from some of our peace loving, cannabis community members. If you are a member of our church, these police actions, are legally speaking, religious persecution. The plant we love is a powerful medicine, it is non toxic and natural. There is no scientific reason why cannabis is illegal. Alcohol is perfectly legal and much more dangerous than cannabis, so as I said, the authorities just don’t seem to like us. Telling the truth in our modern world, is a crime. Our societies have grown used to politicians and officials who lie in double speak.

Our Church pre-dates all laws on cannabis. The European Church of Cannabis is the Reformed Church of Mithras. Mithraism was the religion that Christianity never wanted you to know about. Mithraism was the last strong pagan religion before Christianity took control. Most christian religious symbols come from Mithras and other Pagan faiths. Mithras’ birthday was 25 of December for example. Mithraism has seven levels. Each time a member gets initiated into a deeper level, the ceremony uses cannabis to celebrate. It has carried out these rituals for only the last 4,000 years!! The church consists of small groups, usually not more than 40 or 50. Our European church is reformed Mithraism, because unlike the old religion which didn’t allow women, we welcome everyone that is friendly and open.

It isn’t until we gather together, that our real strength is understood. We are non violent and we expect our freedom to live according to our personal beliefs to be respected. The state plays a very important role as managers of our societies, but they do not get to dictate how we should live. We are supposed to have natural freedoms. Our church is not about one specific place, yes in time we will have real religious spaces but we are the rebirth of an ancient religion which always begins in our own hearts and minds. As soon as you want to be a part of the church, you already are. You can conduct a sermon on your own or with a group. We need people from every European country. We can start with a small number that is organized. With a little divine intervention we will be uniting against state cannabis oppression. When we are together, we are strong. This world works on highlighting our differences and keeping us all separate. When someone joins our church from one country, he or she can go to any of the other churches and be treated like a local by their fellow clan members.

So that is it, not too complicated. It is a church that promotes the responsible growth and use of cannabis. When I was at college in Ireland someone found out that you needed 20,000 people to officially call themselves a jedi, and then the religion became a state sanctioned thing. We can do the same for this religion. Prohibitionists aren’t fighting fair, instead of scientific facts they confuse the argument with emotions and bluster. In the future you will be able to download your registration form and Id card. You print it out yourself and send us an email to officially register you. There are at least 25 million cannabis consumers in Europe. Growers and consumers have many organizations that are fighting for them but our church is cutting right to the center of the act of consuming cannabis. With our card in your pocket, you are being religiously persecuted. Without the card, the cops can feel you up and invade your god given right to privacy. We need to work together. Join us on Facebook and TSU.CO

Setting up a cannabis church for Europe

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It is a stormy morning over here in Prague. Every so often, early summer can put on one hell of a lightening show. A friend and I have been working on a European church of cannabis. What started as a half serious conversation has turned into a firm intention to set the church up. There are many reasons to form a church. It would piss off the prohibitionists to have to deal with us on our high horse. Bringing religion into it gives us a moral argument and it is a new approach. We sat down and tried to work out commandments and rules for our new religion. In the interest of full disclosure, I would call myself a devout believer in some parts of mystic Hinduism. Meditation is a big part of Vedic Tradition and I spent years playing with this.

So when we started to form our church it was important that we could be a faith that fits in with other religious traditions. With Remco, we spoke of what we imagined the future of our church to be. Besides the social media presence and the flyers at cannabis events, what else did we want? I wanted somewhere by the sea, Remco wanted a big grow room in the basement. As Europe staggers out of the worst economic crisis since the second world war, surely there is the perfect place for our church to help with the healing. Somewhere for a main community space. Sleeping and eating quarters and enough land for us to grow organic food and obviously herbs. I still have my own beliefs, but having a spiritual place, where we could gather and spend time not taking ourselves or life to seriously sounds interesting.

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Our European church is in a constant state of evolution. Initially it was about helping to fight prohibition, but as we scratched the surface, little things started connecting. I only knew Remco through Facebook and tsu.co. We are from different countries but found out we have cannabis friends in common. Then as we kept researching how to apply for official European status for our church we stumbled across the Cult of Mithras. Before Europe fell to the Catholic church there were ancient pagan religions. The church of Mithras was a popular one. It was an all male club and they got up to some pretty strange things. There are deeper and deeper levels to the religion. To pass onto the next level you must go through a cannabis ritual. The groups would meet in cellars and caves. At the height of their popularity they were spread right across Europe. Then I learnt that Mithras is also in my own Vedic religion. I don’t really know if there is a god and after life, but if there is, maybe god or whatever it is, is putting little sign posts for us to follow.

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The first thing we agreed was to reform the old religion. No longer would women be excluded from the Church of Mithras. We can embrace what we want of the religion, between all of us the collective will, can be fine tuned. Obviously as cannabis is still very much illegal in Europe we can’t say if the church has met up yet. We definitely can’t talk about the initiations that have happened. The European Church of Cannabis is the Reformed Church of Mithras. All the kinds of things that you would expect are in the user manual. Love each other and try to live in sync with the world rather than trying to smash and grab it. Live with respect for the world, work hard at the things that you love and remember to enjoy the ride. We all have things to teach and learn. Sharing within a community feeds our spiritual souls.

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The church of Mithras hasn’t seen the light of day in about 1,600 years. The religion asks you to keep developing yourself. Keep evolving into the perfect version of your authentic self. We are a church filled with people sharing their journey along this spiritual path. For someone, learning how to grow a cannabis plant is their spiritual journey. With instructions, a little dirt and some sunshine you can follow and participate in the lifecycle of the holy cannabis plant. Others will one day be able to join us to learn how to make healthy pot infused food and ointments. ¬†When we have a base for our church we will have four month retreats where people come to learn how to grow with us. As for when the church will be set in stone, we will offer our cannabis gods hard work and hope they will smile on our efforts.

We already have our first female member, Elena from Serbia. She does not realize the weight of history on her shoulders. The ancient religion never had a woman before. In a thousand years time, each word and sentence that we record from Elena will be examined and interpreted anew. Unlike Jesus, who got recorded 300 years after he hopped out of a cave, Elena will be recorded in real time. If you would like to help us record, get in touch. We need more people and energy! Until we can gather under one roof, we may rest under separate ones.

So as the city of Prague awakens, a new green shoot has broken the surface. We know the police don’t want us to grow and share cannabis but our religion wants us to. Gently, Lord Mithras speaks to me from a flaming bush. Try not to make the new religion seem too crazy he says, and don’t make us out to be serious. If you don’t have laughter throughout your day you aren’t following me properly. Learn how to grow. Don’t underestimate yourself. When your heart and soul is in something, you sleep wonderfully, so give it a try. These words come directly from Lord Mithras. Both he and Goddess Kali are blazing a trail for us to follow.

Come join us on Facebook and also on our tsu.co page.

FIFA justice, cannabis injustice

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Our world can be a beautiful place. Each four years, the greatest football stars from all over the planet, play together in the largest global sporting event. Except for America, most of us have warm, summer memories when we think about the football world cup. The final has billions of viewers. The glory on the pitch, is sadly missing when we look at the emerging scandal surrounding the organizers of world football(FIFA). The organization’s president,Sepp Blatter, is a rogue’s rogue. He has spent the last 20 years living as a playboy, with private jets and unlimited expense cards. He was accountable to no-one, and united his supporters by bribery, and the constant complaint, that those damn Europeans are so pushy, why don’t we, the rest of the world, work together and keep at least world football for the struggling nations. Sepp Blatter is of course the whitest, most privileged kind of imperialist European, so you have to give it to him, he can at least convincingly sell a story!

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Now, lets just put things into perspective. FIFA and the world cup is a serious global institution. It would rank as highly as the United Nations or the Vatican, though obviously with a very different function. It makes vast sums of money from selling TV rights and advertising. So with the announcement that Blatter is to stand down amid corruption allegations, this is serious news. The FBI has been investigating FIFA for the last three years. That probably means going back over all the communications that America has gained, through their own dubious activities. Blatter would cling to power as any dictator would, but obviously the Americans have shown him the kind of case they can make against him.

The reason I am bringing this up in relation to cannabis is, it proves that the world can move very quickly to change a negative situation. Tradition and conservatism is no argument when a crime is being committed. Keeping cannabis prohibited is also a crime. History will record the amazing benefit of the plant. Already in the medical field, pot is treating serious illness in a non toxic, natural way. Science is very excited. So far all the headlines have been amazing for the anti-prohibitionists. Cannabis can cure cancer, cannabis can help with chronic pain, report after report testify that cannabis is a health promoting herb. Someone suffering from chronic pain needs to take heavy painkillers, usually for the rest of their life. After a period of time, the painkiller medication itself becomes the problem. Cannabis is a non toxic substance for us. Our mothers gave each of us cannabinoids through her breast milk. The plant is a real alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Take a pill that will directly contribute to your ill health, or consume cannabis, which will help heal you and also possibly give you the giggles! We are watching America legalize the plant, watching with amazement as the former, rabid prohibitionists pucker up and embrace the forbidden herb. Just as in the FIFA scandal, the world can act to impact an unjust situation. We need strong, clear leadership, but because of the economic threat to the pharmaceutical industry, politicians are afraid to act. Cannabis activists don’t have the resources of the FBI. We must rely on each other and keep pushing the subject forward. I know we all love a good guy, bad guy story, well this is it. The world is obviously capable of changing the legal status of cannabis and allowing patients easy and safe access to the plant. Right now our governments and their sponsors are the bad guys. If we want a positive ending to this story, then each of us must get involved. All use of the herb is medical, the laws and people who block its use are criminal. You can join Encod, Norml or even the European Church Of Cannabis! What we can’t afford to do, is leave the situation up to the capitalists to fix for us, because they are only interested in preserving their immoral profits.