An oddball sect has decided to mark the August 21 total eclipse of the sun by gathering inside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Every day, the shrine welcomes believers and non-believers of all stripes. But on August 21, there is one group that is likely to be barred, because they have announced their plan to assemble in one of the basilica’s chapels, light a censer, and send up clouds of cannabis smoke.
Anne Armstrong, the group’s leader and a long-time cannabis activist, is convinced the ceremony in the shrine will go off without a hitch. “It’s a big place, it’s a Monday afternoon,” she told Steven Nelson of U.S. News and World Report. “We don’t need the basilica’s permission to have a prayer service in a chapel.”
Weeeell, since the church is private property, actually they do need permission.
Armstrong has chosen the eclipse because she believes when the moon obscures the sun there will be “a lot of interesting astrological things going on.” According to Armstrong, her cannabis burning ceremony will, somehow, tap into