Colorado Man Says Drug Charge is Religious Prosecution

AVON, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado man who claims marijuana is the
main sacrament of his religion says a drug charge against him means he's being prosecuted for his beliefs.

Trevor Douglas of Avon says he belongs to the Hawaii-based THC Ministry but was cited for marijuana possession after a Colorado State Trooper pulled him over for having an expired license plate. The 25-year-old allegedly had less than an ounce of marijuana and a pipe.

Douglas told the Vail Daily newspaper that his religion is similar to Christianity and that the use of pot is sacred to him just like wine and bread are sacred to Christians.

According to its Web site, THC Ministry has offices in Los Angeles; Bozeman, Mont.; and Boulder, Colo.

Douglas is due in court March 9.

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