“After a lengthy bench trial at which defendants had ample opportunity to prove their RFRA claim, Judge Rapoport stated:
… I don’t know that there’s any burden on either of these defendants to prohibit them from practicing their religion[.] It just … prohibit[s] them from practicing it in the park because[,] under [the] code of federal regulation[s,] it’s clearly prohibited. What stops you from doing whatever you want to do in the privacy of home, with friends[?][N]othing. You know, if you’re that committed to practicing your religion[,] getting closer to God by using [the] marijuana [that] you call a sacrament, what stops you?….
…[T]o suggest that somehow your religion is seriously impeded because you can’t do it at Independence Park is simply an argument without any basis as far as I’m concerned.
“Gov’t App. 182-84. We read these statements as a factual finding that the regulatory prohibition on possessing marijuana in the Park does not substantially burden Forchion and Duff in the exercise of their Rastafarianism.”
~ Judge Stewart Dalzell, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. United States v. Forchion, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2005) — rejecting Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion’s argument that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the use of marijuana on federally owned property, provided that it is used as part of a religious ceremony. Edits in original.