United States Religious Freedom Restoration Act

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, a federal court has determined that a religious organization The Native American Church of Hawaii must follow the federal marijuana laws regardless if the religious organization is consuming marijuana as part of their religious holy ceremony.

The Church has requested the court under the United States Religious Freedom Restoration Act, to be excused from this federal marijuana law saying they use marijuana during the church ceremonies in order for the church members to be able to connect with their creator.

The difficulty originates from an occurrence in 2009 when a church member had his marijuana taken by federal officials. A district court had ruled against this request earlier. On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals approved the previous district court’s earlier decision to deny the request to allow the church to use marijuana as part of their holy religious sacrament.

Attorney Sam Tabar’s career path is very prosperous in both law and the business world. He attended the prestigious Oxford University, where he graduated with honors. After graduating from Oxford University, he went on to Columbia Law School to receive his law degree. Following graduation, he starts his career in 2001 as an associate for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP.

LinkedIn lists that currently, Sam Tabar resides in New York City and is an attorney and capital planner. He is the Chief Financial Officer for Awearable Apparel an investment management company. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for FullCycleFund a position that is responsible for investment capital, as well as legal, operational, and tax matters.

Lately, Sam Tabar has reported that he was launching a new business. The new business selected by Sam Tabar is identified as THINX. THINX key goal will be the development of fashionable undergarments to help to encourage women in Africa and Asia during menstruation and incontinence.  This also inspired Sam to create a GoFundMe, to do more for Africa.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, a New Orleans District Judge Arthur Hunter order to have seven inmate’s release from jail. The seven inmates have been charged with very serious crimes. They had been held for many months without being able to have an attorney representation. The judge stated in his decision that a person who is not able to afford an attorney and has not been convicted can not remain in jail without a certain date to begin the courtroom process. The charges for the seven inmates will be placed on hold. The state of Louisiana is having money problems and not able to afford to hire public defenders for an inmate who are not able to afford an attorney.  For his hot take, follow Sam on Twitter.

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