29 March 2007
No time for stoners
We start with Exodus 12:20:
Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. [KJV]
The Jews have a term, hametz, to denote leavened items, which are barred during Passover. The applicable law requires that you get rid of them before the official beginning of Pesach: they're not allowed anywhere on the premises.
What determines hametz status is whether the presence of water enables fermentation of the grain. The list, which is fairly long, includes wheat, barley, rye and hemp:
Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for [Israel's] Green Leaf party.
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.
Passover begins at sundown on the second of April, so you have until that morning to dispose of your stash.
(Via Tinkerty Tonk.)Posted at 1:10 PM to Almost Yogurt