with the introduction of the Liberty Dollar, designed to exemplify the principles of a free-market, value-backed, private currency, free from government control. In 1999, BVNH retired after 25 years as the Mintmaster at the Mint and started touring the U.S. mainland in support of the Liberty Dollar.
The national response was outstanding. In the next 10 years, BVNH’s National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service (NORFED) issued approximately $65 million to $85 million in Liberty Dollars to more than 250,000 people. During this period, in 2003, BVNH wrote The Liberty Dollar SOLUTION to the Federal Reserve with two dozen national contributors, including Ron Paul and Ed Griffin – a 500-page treatise on the benefits of value-based currencies.
For eight years from 1998 to 2006, the Liberty Dollar was featured in countless articles in major publications, including The Washington Post and USA Today, and the U.S. Treasury acknowledged that the Liberty Dollar was legal. But in September 2006, the U.S. Mint suddenly issued a warning that the Liberty Dollar was illegal – so BVNH sued the U.S. Mint in early 2007. The government retaliated by raiding the Liberty Dollar offices and seizing more than 7 tons of gold, silver, platinum and copper. The raid landed BVNH on CNN, CNBC, and the front page of The Washington Post – and led to BVNH being charged with counterfeiting U.S. currency in 2009. Two years later, on March 18, 2011, BVNH was found guilty and faced 22 years in federal prison.
This was scarcely the end. After waiting three very long years, BVNH was finally sentenced – but not to prison! He served only a single year of probation as the judge obviously did not agree with the government’s over-zealous handling of the case. BVNH remains a cause célèbre for a value-based monetary system and is often referred to as the ‘Rosa Parks of Sound Money.’
And it was in the midst of his promotion of a value-based monetary system that BVNH made another discovery – that one led him to founding of the Cannabis Spiritual Center. On Sunday, April 21, 1996, BVNH paused from his unrelentingly busy schedule and found time to take a toke, which reawakened him to the spiritual power of cannabis. He repeated the life-changing event the following Sunday and has now enjoyed one toke every Sunday for more than 21 years – the world’s longest recorded case study of using cannabis spiritually. BVNH branded the weekly toke as the Special Sunday Service (SSS) and started sharing his amazing cannabis-inspired experiences with other people. As the SSS grew, he developed a set of 12 Guidelines so that anyone can experience their own innate spirituality with cannabis.
During a SSS in 2014 the idea for the Cannabis Spiritual Center came to BVNH. The thought was of creating a special place devoted to empower people to experience their inner spirituality with just one toke of cannabis. But how to introduce such an idea to the world? In another SSS, the idea of the book: One Toke to God came to BVNH. The concept quickly caught fire with top academics and national researchers, 30 of whom contributed to the book that confirms that a genuine spiritual experience is possible, upon demand, with cannabis. One Toke to God supplies part of the foundation of the Cannabis Spiritual Center and affirms BVNH’s dedication to catch the wave of cannabis legalization and celebrate cannabis’ potential for personal spiritual growth and hopefully, for world peace.