The Church of Cognizance
) was founded in 1991 by Danuel & Mary Quaintance in Graham County (Pima) Arizona
, United States
In 1994, the Church announced a 16-page "Declaration of Religious Sentiment" establishing their church. The COC Founders recorded their intent to unite the world's Ethnic Minorities that utilize and rely upon the cannabis
hemp plant as an Ethno-Socio-Religious Institution, following Neo-Zoroastrian tenets.
Although COC members are encouraged to study all of the world's religions, the Zoroastrian Avesta
is held by them to be the least convoluted and most ancient source of their practices and beliefs. Numerous references to Haoma
may be found in the Avesta.
In 2006, the COC had 50 registered Individual Orthodox Member Monasteries (IOMMs), located inside each members home.
1. That cannabis
, when used properly, aids the mind, body, and soul.
2. That Haoma is the ancient teacher of wisdom, compassion, and the way to the kingdom of glory in heaven on earth, while humans let ego block their own, and others, path to this kingdom of glory.
3. That Haoma is the capable provider of all substance. To become a registered member in the COC, it is required that a candidate read "The Church Of Cognizance Introduced" and fill out, sign and return THE PLEDGE at the end of it to the stated address. required to accommodate a comfortable, healthy, productive, full-bearing life.
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