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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.

Finally US veterans can access medical marijuana

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The US Senate has just voted to allow doctors prescribe medical marijuana for injured army veterans. Post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is a real problem for returning soldiers. War is a horror show and these brave souls got front row seats! Cannabis is an effective treatment for this problem. Up until now, soldiers with PTSD would swallow fistfuls of anti-psychotic drugs, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and mood boosters. All of which have severe side effects. Finally these people will have legal access to a natural, powerful medicine without side effects.

It is amazing to watch America embrace cannabis. Only two years ago they would think about invading a country that allowed cannabis and now look where we are. The rest of the world needs to follow this example. You don’t just get PTSD from war, any traumatic event can cause this serious problem. Cannabis helps people cope and finally accept these memories. It does this in a non toxic, health promoting way. There is no valid argument left against cannabis, so lets all drop the bullshit and legalize it!

Europe’s untapped 60 billion euro cannabis market

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Anyone living in Europe knows that we are in the midst of a financial crisis. Unemployment is high and voters are starting to experiment with the extremes of the political spectrum. There is also a very clear north south divide. The industrial, prudent north and the relaxed, economically disadvantaged south. Germans want Greeks to work more and pay their taxes. Greeks want to tell northern banks to go fuck themselves. As you can see, we are one charming little family. If we are to survive as a group and move past this economic test then we had better come up with new ways of keeping the bloc together.

The south of Europe has beautiful beaches and an easy way of life. Having lived in Spain, I know first hand what an amazing country it is. Friendly, smart people living in the California of Europe. Unemployment in Spain is crippling. 50% of people under 30 are unemployed. This is going to have serious long term effects for their society so they should start tackling it any way the government can. If Europe was to legalize cannabis it could be grown year round in the south. The employment and tax revenue are a persuasive argument. If the cannabis is organically grown then it can be a powerful medicine that can replace toxic pharmaceutical alternatives. Cannabis is a health supplement. A tiny daily dose can dramatically increase your health.

Besides the health, employment and tax benefits, legalizing cannabis will also free up police so they can get on with the important job of safeguarding society from violent crime. With one imperial stroke of an EU pen, a new 60 billion euro industry can be born. Couple this with the scientific and medical research and we will all wonder why it took so long to legalize. Cannabis is safe and healthy for you. There are no valid argument left on the prohibitionist side. They are simply saying no because they don’t have the imagination to move along with the current scientific research. This is a shame for sick  Europeans that must further stress their delicate bodies with toxic medication that substitutes for pot.

I am full of hope for us. We have something that can be of so much benefit to society if we would only evolve our thinking a little bit. With activist groups like Encod.org we are trying to move the European Union towards its new green field. I know people within the movement say that reform will take time. But we are a new society. Technology has switched us all on and we can now communicate effectively. 60 billion euros is falling into the hands of the black economy every year in Europe. A well regulated, southern grown cannabis product would be an amazing improvement on todays situation. 70% of drug arrests are for cannabis. When the dust settles on this cannabis health debate, praguepot wagers that cannabis is as significant a breakthrough as stem cell research. That is a big claim that is backed up with the beginning of solid scientific research on the herb. Cannabis is good for Europe and our European cannabis activists are not going to stop until we have our cannabis human rights respected.

Cannabis legalization spreads like wildfire in America

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Colorado, Washington, Alaska and soon even Texas! Cannabis is taking over America. If there was a pothead in a coma for the last couple of years, he or she is not going to believe what has happened to America. Once it was confirmed that cannabis did little if any damage to society, state legislators then took a look at the money Colorado was raking in through taxes. Cannabis legalization then began to spread like wildfire. It is no longer a question of if, but when. There are still patients out there suffering because they have to take toxic alternatives to cannabis but their day is coming.
The prohibitionists haven’t given up the ghost of course. They are still trying to scare us into submission but the reefer madness fever has broken. Change is coming, and in fairness to Obama, he embraced it. He was the first sitting president to admit cannabis use and then actually go on to do something about its prohibition. To the activists out there, keep going. We can’t for a moment stop the pressure until this monstrosity is dead and buried.
Look at the speed that cannabis legislation is being discussed and then adopted. The crack in the dam is now flowing. Being washed away is the prohibitionist horse shit. No brains have been fried from cannabis. No rape has been caused by marijuana. We listened to a bunch of people that had an economic incentive to keep cannabis illegal. By the presidential vote next year, praguepot predicts that a majority of states will have medical marijuana legislation. Patients will have their medicine and except for a few puritanical cave dwelling states, cannabis will once again, take its place within American society. No American presidential candidate can be elected without supporting cannabis. It is only now that politicians realize that cannabis is not a joke to us. This is as serious a subject as any of the other major issues affecting our world.

How to get cannabis legal everywhere

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When we look at the political system through our cannabis activist eyes, we see a giant structure that doesn’t represent us or the scientific facts. One of our favorite subjects here at praguepot is to talk about the big money corruption that has kept cannabis illegal. We now know that organically grown cannabis is a healthy alternative to alcohol as well as being an amazing, non toxic medicine. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries will lose huge profits when the herb is once again embraced by society.

As an activist, it is hard not to get blinded by the financial strength of these industries. I have been mentally wrestling with this for a long time. The political system has been corrupted by money. We can clearly see that the will of the people comes second place to the entity that will secure the re-election of our greedy political leaders. Politicians are only human, worse, our government members are egotistical, sociopaths. They are going to do whatever is in their personal interest first. If that means voting down healthy cannabis while allowing toxic, lethal pain medication, then so be it.

So how do we shift the political system back in our favor? Well, in my mind at least, it should be quite easy! Politicians use big business money to conduct research on the electorate. They then put that data into slick advertising campaigns to capture our vote. Politicians don’t care about the issues they are advocating on. They are reading off of a script and are nothing more than skilled snake oil sales men and women. We are always looking at the battle ground of votes. But we have forgotten one thing. We are the voters. Big business spends money influencing us. The internet and its social media platforms can give us a direct voice in the political system. There is a cannabis activist in Indiana, who is looking to get elected to the local council. What if, he made a public social contract with a regional group of people on a specific social media platform to work on their collective, real time behalf. When issues arise that need decisions, he puts it out to the forum and after debate, the communal will is observed and voted on. Obviously the people within the social platform would have to be clearly identified, but with your personal Facebook account that is possible. So the politically activated group directly participate in the governing process (once elected!!) through a designated, honest individual. That individual only represents the will of the collective consciousness of the group. Instead of focusing on what divides us, we can focus on the much greater common ground. These things can start small but solidify into larger, effective counter weights to the corrupt, unrepresentative system we have today. I spend a lot of time speaking and learning on Facebook cannabis activist pages. The network of individuals are already online. We just need a new way of doing things. This can really work and all it requires is that everyone, besides the general cannabis sites they visit, establish new, geographically specific areas. Instead of; friends of cannabis Facebook page, have Manchester/Hong Kong/Boston/Durban/St Petersburg friends of cannabis Facebook group. We have to brake down into our local areas to gain real political momentum. Once our political overlords see us organizing, they will most likely react and start taking our sacred herb more seriously. This is direct action that can be done from the comfort of wherever you are reading this from.

As a member of one of these groups, being educated on the issues is important, so is speaking to friends and family about these subjects. Our votes plus our family and friends votes will be enough to change the world.  For too long, governments have been dividing and conquering the people. We have everything we need to unite right now. This is the real fear those in charge have, that we would organize online and express our uncorrupted will on the political system. For example, cannabis should simply be legalized. Develop hygiene standards for growing and processing the herb and then leave it to the people. Spend local government resources in the way that benefits the majority of the community rather than the tiny elite that currently benefits. Start practically bringing green technology and thinking into the heart of government and start using our militaries for peaceful purposes. Look at the Italian army, they are growing medical marijuana. If this isn’t the best use for an army then I don’t know what is. We don’t need oil wars any more, we need collective political groups declaring war on  pollution and corruption. Solar, wind and hydro energy is real and only requires our political voice to have them embraced by a polluted society.

This can work. It requires people all to be tuned into the same frequency; love and compassion. If there is one group that have that, it is the cannabis activist community. The power is with us, it is just a matter of expressing it in an organized, collective way. We can’t afford to wait any longer, it is time to act! It is time to start our online revolution!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The European Church Of Cannabis

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I have heard whispers about a new religion. Somewhere in Europe there is a bunch of devout herbalists with a story to tell about peace and love and happiness. Dodging CIA x-rays they have remained under cover so far, but it is getting out. Their religion is beginning to gather momentum. They have commandments but the bishops keep forgetting to write them down and their strict laws and bi-laws don’t get upheld because the police priests keep getting distracted by a humming noise. Anyway, the game is up. The stiff, straight-laced, handsome Europeans have given birth to a cannabis church of their own. They have established a protestant cannabis church that doesn’t believe the American churches have spoken to saint Bob as directly as the European ones have.

One of the last things Saint Bob was believed to have said was, ” you have to give it to them Europeans though man”. I think it is quite clear what this means. The church doesn’t want America getting all the glory. Its members are praying that their prohibition free dream doesn’t go up in smoke. The European Church is being set up because it is to religion, what cannabis law is to justice.

I sat in on a church service last week and it was quite moving the way the pastor said a few kind words for all the family and close friends of the victims of the Colorado Cannabis death epidemic. What the main stream media hasn’t told you is that Colorado has the highest Cannabis over dose deaths in the world. The pastor sent round a basket for a collection. The money was going to buy flowers and chocolates for the after service.

Some of the rich Swiss members have decided to flip the American model on its head. The European church is actually paying a subscription to its members instead of the normal other way round. A Danish accountant said the Swiss would go bankrupt if the church ever got going, to which the Swiss made a grunting sound. It was reported that one of the Swiss then called someone a swine, but because it was never made clear who was a swine, the matter was dropped. After a tense, but good natured pause they all went back to pointing out how different the European church was from either the First Church or the Unified Church of American cannabis.

When I asked about the church’s beliefs, the pretty young lady on my left said their beliefs stemmed from the stem of a cannabis leaf. Breathlessly I asked had she ever seen Jesus or Elvis in a cannabis leaf. She asked if I was feeling alright. I didn’t know if her line of questioning was a religious test, or maybe a hazing of some kind so I just said I had a couple of edibles before the service and I always get like this. The church itself was a normal looking, severe Calvinist interior design. Splinter giving wood forced the outer world madness back from the freedom loving sanctuary that is the belly of the congregation. The herb is the prophet. Just as Jesus before it, the herb is bringing a message of love and hope that flies in the face of the power obsessed over lords. Use the herb and try not to act too weird. A Czech asked if anyone had written the commandments down yet. Everyone looked at the Belgian half secretary. Go fuck yourselves, I never asked to be the half secretary, so I won’t be made responsible for scribing our sacred truths.

This went on for hours. The Dutch were ignoring the French. Who in turn over compensated by laughing loudly at everything the German delegation said. When the service was over, a large group of riot police came bursting through the doors. All you adults that are exercising your freedom are under arrest. Up against the wall, and spread them naughty legs. As the cops got busy touching up the hippies I quietly jumped out the window. I thought to myself, a church like this would be fun to join. I can’t wait to see the commandments, I hear they are supposed to be amazing.

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