January 6, 2010
Temple 420 founder back in court
I got an e-mail yesterday from Craig X Rubin, the founder of the cannabis church Temple 420 (much more here and here), saying he is again looking at a decent prison sentence—he said 12 years. He was arrested in October for operating a pot pharmacy and will be in court today.
According to a court filing, Rubin, whose church upholds cannabis as a sacrament for communicating with God, says he was given permission by the court in his 2007 case to operate such a dispensary and further claims that he is being singled out in an act of religious discrimination:
In fact, courts have generally punted evaluating the legitimacy of religious beliefs. As the California Court of Appeal stated in Smith v. Fair Employment and Housing Commission: “The determination of what is a ‘religious’ belief or practice is more often than not a difficult and delicate task…. However, the resolution of that question is not to turn upon a judicial perception of the particular belief or practice in question; religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit [free exercise] protection.”
It will be interesting to see how this turns out for Rubin, who in the above video can be seen delivering a sermon from 2008. It’s 4:20 long.