In the category of news too weird to be true, I present this story as told in the Chicago Sun Times: No pot for Passover – Israeli marijuana party warns its supporters.
In bad news for its religious Jewish supporters, an Israeli pro-marijuana party announced Tuesday that pot is forbidden on Passover.
Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the weeklong festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the Green Leaf party.
The “Green Leaf” party? You’ve got to be kidding me! It seems to me it would be wise to abstain from “reefer” 365 days a year (366 on leap years). But let’s continue reading this too-early-for-April-Fool’s-Day article:
Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. Later injunctions by European rabbis extended those rules to forbid other foods like beans and corn, and more recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils — and in marijuana.
Hemp seeds aren’t found in marijuana these days, according to chronic pot smoking hippies I have encountered. This has got to be a joke. I noticed that the article doesn’t mention whether washing down pop rocks with soda while standing on one’s head is allowed during Passover. Anyway:
Green Leaf is a small political party that supports the legalization of marijuana. Although it is by no means a Jewish religious authority, the group decided to warn its observant supporters away from the drug on Passover.
That’s a relief — that Green Leaf is not a “religious authority.” This is too bizarre to be true!
“You shouldn’t smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it,” Levine said.
Oh, come on! If you’ve got it in your house you should be arrested. If you smoke this addictive drug you should have your head examined.
But the rabbinic injunctions banning hemp were never adopted by Sephardic Jews, who come from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. That means there is no reason they can’t keep smoking marijuana, Levine said, except that it remains illegal.
Yeah, right. No reason to not keep smoking pot except for the tiny fact that it’s illegal (and stupid). Just say no to marijuana, people, if you value your brain. You know, that thing that you keep between your ears. Those are attached to the thing you put your hat on. Hopefully those on the “pot” can “dig” what I’m “rapping” about.
I realize that Daylight Savings Time came early this year, but did that move April 1st up as well? It’s a strange world.