About 20 people were gathered in a hotel conference room Saturday afternoon, attending a cannabis seminar. The air above them was not filled with haze.
Heidi Huebner, one of the attendees, said it’s a myth that users of medicinal marijuana sit around stoned all the time. People wracked by pain take one or two hits just to help them get of bed, she said.
Jane L. Stanley of Hastings organized the all-day cannabis seminar at the Grand Conference Center Hotel.
Stanley said she put the event together to educate Nebraskans about the “lies” behind the prohibition of marijuana. She wants to uncover the truth about the plant. Not only does cannabis have many medical benefits, “but it’s a preventive herb. It has also been used for religious sacraments and rituals,” she said.
Those rituals date back to 800 B.C., she said. “In fact, in 600 B.C., India was curing leprosy with cannabis oil,” Stanley said.
The U.S. government is lying, she said, when it says cannabis has no medicinal purpose. She has found close to 15 patents the government owns on cannabis and synthetic cannabis, she said.
Cannabis, she said, is actually prescribed in the Bible, in references to kaneh-bosm. In Exodus 30: 22-25, you can find the recipe that God gave to Moses, she said.
For the longest time, kaneh-bosm was thought to refer to calamus, a reed that has some healing and psychoactive properties, Stanley said. But in 1936, linguist Sula Benet discovered an error in translation. Linguists didn’t go far enough back in the history of language, Stanley said. Benet concluded that kaneh referred to cannabis and bosm means fragrant reed.