Definition - What does THC Ministry mean?
The THC Ministry, an abbreviation of The Hawai'i Ministry of Cannabis Sacrament, is a religious organization that was founded in Hawaii by Roger Christie in June 2000. It centers on the belief that cannabis is the “tree of life” and that God gave it to man in order to heal himself, explore himself, and to live in peace with one another.
The THC Ministry contends that as an integral part of their religious expression and worship, the consumption of cannabis is protected under the United States Constitution, as well as Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Hydrolife explains THC Ministry
The THC Ministry claims to have followers in more than 60 countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, and co-exists as the Oklevueha Native American Church of Hilo. There are active chapters of the ministry throughout several US states as well.
The mission of the THC Ministry includes "liberating the cannabis plant and the minds of those who do and of those who do not revere it." Its members are also actively involved in legal and social discussions regarding cannabis use by the general public.
In 2010, Christie, along with his wife, Sherryanne, and 12 other individuals, was arrested and charged with various drug-related and tax evasion crimes. These individuals were collectively called “the Green Fourteen”. Prosecutors claimed that the ministry was just a front for a large drug distribution ring. Christie was denied bail as he was portrayed as a threat to society. He was sentenced to five years in federal prison. He was released in 2014.
Legal troubles aside, the THC Ministry is still operating.