Navy Veteran & VA Hospital Inpatient Tests Boundaries of Conflicting State & Federal Cannabis Laws
Veteran exercises his state's constitutional cannabis rights while a resident in a dormitory of a federal VA Medical Center in Lyons, NJ.
Regardless, Jonathan Fruchter does not need a permit, he says, to exercise his religious right if he were to chose to use cannabis on federal property, since cannabis is also a religious sacrament whose consumption is constitutionally protected under federal law.
"In order for the Government to burden someone's religious practice, Government must first prove they have a compelling interest," says Anne Armstrong of The Healing Church.
Alan Gordon chimes in by saying "both jurisdictions should finally acquiesce to the truth that religious cannabis use, undertaken in good faith, is better for people than using it otherwise, and not worth suppressing any longer."
The police may not "substantially burden" your religious practice, and even questioning you for more than a moment might cross that line.
Jonathan, on the other hand, recently checked in to a Residential VA Treatment facility for PTSD on December 5th, 2016 at the Lyons, NJ VA Medical Center. He tested the true effectiveness of the patient-centered care philosophy that the VA is proven to uphold, and was not held accountable nor referred to any drug treatment program for his state-approved use of cannabis that he consumed over the weekend after signing out from the VA Dormitory on December 3rd, which is utterly in contrast to the reality portrayed by the federal government overall.
Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help treat post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, illnesses typically suffered by veterans. Through a directive (http://www.drugpolicy.org/
PTSD was recently placed on the list of medically qualifying conditions for New Jersey residents. Jonathan has recently obtained a NJ state medical cannabis prescription for that exact condition.
If a police officer tells you your religious cannabis use is against the law, correct the officer by saying: "Not if it is sincerely religious, and this cannabis is religious matter."
"Caution," says anyone's conscience, "if you are not a sincere religious cannabis user, in good faith, do not expect to be taken seriously."
"Cannabis is a medicine," Jonathan continues, "that effectively treats all of his symptoms," and he does not agree with his current VA treatment program maintaining that he be meant to feel sorry for his outbursts and erratic behavior on campus as a result of the post-deployment illness, while he is restricted from using his medicine because of the ironic federal & state limbo.
If any officer tries to tell you that religious cannabis use may only be undertaken with a permit on federal grounds, tell him or her that the law specifically prohibits Government from requiring permits for Constitutionally-
Jonathan is the founder of The World Cannabis Club, a NYC cannabis culture hub, and spoke at the International Cannabis Association's (ICA) 3rd Annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo held again at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City from June 15 -18, 2016. A veteran of the Navy's special operations air rescue swimmer (AIRR) community, Jonathan has first hand knowledge of the tremendous medical benefits of cannabis. This year's presentation was titled "THE FINAL PUSH: Veterans Safe Government Access." https://www.youtube.com/
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