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Defendant's Faith Being Judged in Court on Cannabis Cultivation Charges

posted Nov 6, 2014, 1:36 PM by The Editor

CANYON CITY, OREGON (October 30, 2014) -- Joy Graves and Raymond Martin are facing cultivation of cannabis charges. Judge Cramer opened Graves and Martin’s hearing questioning the validity of discussing the spiritual aspect of the case.

District Attorney Matt Ipson did not raise an objection so the judge concluded the court would listen anyway.

Church Elder James Warren 'Flaming Eagle' Mooney was the first witness called by the defense.  He testified to the validity of Graves branch of the Oklevueha Native American Church.  Mooney testified to the history of cannabis as a sacrament and healing plant on our planet and the important way the earth based faith uses it for worship. The district attorney questioned Mooney’s testimony by saying cannabis came to The U.S. from Mexico.  Mooney laughed and stated that he felt it was a ridiculous statement and that cannabis grows all over the world. Mooney then let out a “Geesh,” that appeared to express his dismay.

Joy Graves was the next to testify. She discussed the importance of cannabis in her spiritual path. She confirmed her church is federally recognized as a spiritual institution. Graves also pled with the court to dismiss the case due to a lack of jurisdiction. She states this matter is federally protected and not in the realm of the states control. Martin’s public defender reminded the court that It is okay for alcohol to be part of a religious ceremony and served to minors and cannabis should not be different.

After two and a half hours of testimony the Judge determined more time would be needed for this motion hearing.  He dropped the no contact order placed between the defendants. Joy is Raymond's spiritual adviser and they are now allowed to see each other. They are not allowed to use intoxicants. Joy is thrilled the judge acknowledged the church as a valid spiritual entity.

 The next court date is scheduled for November 5, 2014 but will likely be continued to December 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM.  

For more information regarding support for Joy, Raymond and cannabis cases in your area visit The Human Solution International at

By Mindi Griffiths

Joe Grumbine

The Human Solution International

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Ph: (951) 436-6312

Fax: (520) 509-6845



No one should go to jail for a plant!