Subject: the Perkel-DEA situation
First, yes, this sounds a little funny, and if it was anyone besides
Marc Perkel, I would assume
it was hyberbole and let it go, but after all, Perkel is the
most dangerous man on the Internet.
Perkel is negotiating with the DEA to make marijuana legal because it's
considered a sacrament
in his Church of Reality - and this is not a joke.
He has been in contact with the head DEA dude,
the guy who testifies before congress when they have questions about
You'd think in this situation - asking the DEA to give you a waver to
smoke pot for religious reasons
would be not even worth finishing reading the story, but Perkel has
a tremendous amount of legal
experience and he knows how to frame an argument and the DEA is listening
The DEA has had many, many chances to tell him, "Nice
try, no," but instead,
they have written back to him multiple times, asking questions to clarify
Perkel thinks he's got a chance to make this happen.
He knows what topics he has to cover to give the DEA political cover
to grant his request.
He's using solid legal arguments and citing legal precedents to build
the argument that his religion is
as real (more so, actually) than those phoney religions and he says
he can tell by the reply questions
the DEA is asking that he might be getting close to a legal breakthru.
So if one is found holding a small amount of cannabinoids by the local
police, it's possible that an
individual could show the arresting officer his Church of Reality membership
card and get the cuffs
removed because he's just practicing his religion which is his legal
right under the Constitution.
I know you're skeptical, and when you hear something like this you should
be, but don't
underestimate what Marc Perkel can do after he gets high and thinks
about a situation.
There are still details to be worked out between the CoR and the DEA,
but the DEA has had a
dozen opportunities to tell him, "Don't be
an idiot - you're not getting a free pass to smoke pot"
and they've chosen not to exercize that option. They
seem to be working with him on this.
Some people have asked him, "Is the DEA setting
you up for a bust?"
He says no, and here's his reasoning: In San Francisco, pot is almost
(Marc told me he once smoked a joint on the courthouse steps with cops
Also, since pot is easy to find in San Francisco, there's no need to
buy a lot.
When you go to the liquor store, do you buy 25 cases of beer?
No, you buy one, because you know you can easily buy more when you
Same thing with pot - he has no reason to buy more than a few grams
at a time, so why would
the top man in the DEA exchange correspondence with Perkel to set him
up for a lousy 5-gram bust
to make some kind of senseless point?
I'm sure there's a lot I left out, but there's more to come on this.
He said if/when something good happens, you'll read about if first
right here on bartcop.com.
It's possible the Church of Reality might be about to get real big and
To join, you only have to accept Reality as your creator.
If you believe in the Invisible Cloud Being in the sky, maybe Reality
isn't for you,
but you might want to join just to get the membership
And who knows - the DEA might rule that
only CoR officers get this exemption,
or they could rule that only
existing members get the exemption, so if I was you,
I'd join Perkel's Church
today because you have
nothing to lose.
The worst that could happen is you'd be accused of being a realist
and you might end up being the
only person in your city who can legally smoke pot - thanks to the
dangerous mind of Marc Perkel.
the Church of Reality
I suggest you join right now - and maybe include a donation.
The DEA could rule only existing members get the exemption.
What do you have to lose?
This could save you thousands in legal fees.
This might allow you to keep your job because you were a member.
Your legal record might remain spotless - if you're a member of the
Sure, it sounds crazy, but I'll bet on Marc Perkel..
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