Think Piece on Rastafarians and Their Use of Marijuana

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The Rastafarian religion and Rastafarian Church are of widespread speculation that the use of marijuana for religious purposes is a law abiding act and sits within the constitution of the Rastafarians practicing their freedom of religion. There is one belief that almost all Rastas hold to; the sacramental use of Cannabis Sativa: in other words, the smoking or ingesting of marijuana for spiritual reasons to become high, and in turn closer to God and open to his revelation through deep meditation. In spite of its many titles such as Ganja, Collie, Sensi, Wisdom weed and many others, for most Rastafarians it serves one purpose, it is a source of unification by which all may join in perfect fellowship together with each other and Jah (God) to reason with the most high. I strongly believe that marijuana is one of the pillars of the Rastafarian faith by which it stands. As David Hinds from Steel Pulse sings “What keeps us together is the herb that we smoke”.

The use of marijuana is professed and portrayed in the Reggae music being aired around the world and also in their photos and albums which depicts the use and symbolizes Rastafarian faith and marijuana in religion. In Reggae, musicians are often the only preachers and teachers of the Rastafarian religion to the open public. Today Rastafarian's most popular symbol is the late Bob Marley who strongly and open portrayed the use of marijuana in his music videos and posters who is seen as an icon an role model to millions across the world both Rastafarians and non believers in the Rastafarian faith. (Ministries) Reggae has its appeal to young people who are found in the drug culture. It offers religious justification for smoking the weed. A commune was founded in the early 1940's by Leonard Howell, who was one of the leaders of the Rastafarian movement.

Howell had openly acknowledged Emperor Haile Selassie I as the Supreme Being and the black people's ruler. In 1940 he established the "Ethiopian Salvation...
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