Pastor and Rabbi Want To Grow Medical Marijuana
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Pastor and Rabbi Want To Grow Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on June 26, 2016 at 11:36:06 PT
By Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Heard the one about the rabbi and the pastor who want to sell medical pot? The vast list of applicants for one of up to 15 licenses to grow marijuana for medical purposes in Maryland includes at least two religious leaders, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and Pastor Gareth E. Murray.Kahn is a longtime fixture in the District’s medical cannabis community, serving about 1,000 patients at the Takoma Wellness Center dispensary in the city’s northern tip.
Just about every day, he said, he has to turn away residents from nearby Maryland who are barred from the D.C. program. He has invested in a prospective Maryland growery called Rosebud Organics and has applied to open a second shop just across the border in Takoma Park.“It’s too sad not being able to help,” Kahn said.First ordained in 1981, Kahn left his active religious role to open the dispensary in the District after serving four Reform congregations in places including Australia and New Jersey. His early opinions on medical marijuana were shaped by watching congregants manage AIDS symptoms by illegally using the drug.Kahn is used to coming across people who are puzzled to find a rabbi in the medical marijuana business. But, he says, it should be no surprise.Reform Judaism was among the first religious denominations to champion medical marijuana, in 2003. Today, the leader of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Agudath Yisrael political party serves as the country’s minister of health, overseeing a robust and well-established medical cannabis program.“In the first chapter of the Bible, God creates plants and tells us that they are very good, and they are for our use,” Kahn said. “God has created these things for our benefit.”Murray, an associate pastor at the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring who served as a Democratic state lawmaker between 2003 and 2007, is a newcomer to the medical-marijuana industry.He says his sermons have included modern-day takes on the tale of the prodigal son — replete with teetotaler warnings about young adults who befriend “Jim Beam” and “Mary Juana.”But Murray also believes in the medicinal value of cannabis. After watching documentaries and hearing stories from friends about cancer patients using the drug to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy, he joined a bid by a farmer from Southern Maryland to land a marijuana cultivation license — on the condition that the company was strictly medical.“People look at medical marijuana a lot of times as the guy standing in the corner smoking a joint or getting high,” Murray said. “We need to educate people about the facts. And it’s not about getting high; it’s medical.”Murray says the company, PhytaGenesis, had an amicable split with team members who hope to expand to recreational sales if Maryland lawmakers move to fully legalize the drug.As the director of government and community affairs for PhytaGenesis, Murray helped arrange meetings with influential state lawmakers, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). He has stayed active in politics since leaving the General Assembly, serving as legislative affairs director for the state higher education commission and working in government consulting.“You got all these big folks coming in from out of state,” Murray said. “I want to help the small-business owners.”Aaron Gregg covers the local economy for Capital Business, the Post’s local business section. He studied music (Jazz guitar) and political science at Emory University in Atlanta, and has a graduate degree in public policy from Georgetown. Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg Published: June 25, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on June 30, 2016 at 08:00:29 PT
the mind's true liberation
The Hindu and Buddhists had soma and cannabis, the Jewish had cannabis oil, The Arabs had cannabis, and the Greeks had a tweaked up LSD like wine. Everybody had something. They were all trying to get to a higher plane of reality were they could realize peace, love and understanding. 
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Comment #1 posted by Garry Minor on June 27, 2016 at 03:25:22 PT:
Kaneh Bosm
Cannabis in the Holy Anointing OilDr. Sula Benet is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.
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