Wheeling News Register, WV
MOUNDSVILLE — A Marshall County man maintains he should be allowed to smoke marijuana because of his religion.
Steven Schrumpf is charged with misdemeanor offenses of possessing marijuana and driving under the influence of it.
According to a motion filed by his attorney, J.K. Chase, Schrumpf should be allowed to smoke marijuana because he is “an active member and practitioner of a religious order known as The Hawai’i Cannabis (THC) Ministry.” Schrumpf is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, the motion states.
According to the motion, the two organizations “mandate the cultivation and use of marijuana as a religious sacrament and as a fundamental part of the practice of said religion.” The motion further states if Schrumpf is prosecuted, it will interfere with his right to practice his religion.