Jun 28, 2010 3:13 PM by Greg Boyce

Church claims marijuana as part of religion

Charged with marijuana possession, Jason Wimler says it's part of his religion.

Wimler was driving on I-25 last December when a windshield wiper broke.  A State Trooper stopped to give aid and noticed the smell of marijuana.  A search of the car came up with less than an ounce of pot.

At a hearing earlier this month Wimler testified the marijuana was for sacramental use in a Christmas ceremony.  Wimler, it turns out, is a 22-year-old ordained minister at the Boulder based THC Ministry. 

The argument has been made before, unsuccessfully in Clear Creek County.  In that case the defendant joined the church after he was charged with marijuana possession. In this case Wimler was already a member.

Wimler's case is schedule for a status conference Monday afternoon in Pueblo County Court.  The church has asked the public to show up in court and "dress to impress."



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