State v. Olsen, No. 171-69079 (Iowa, July 18, 1984), slip op Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, R. K. Stohr, Judge. Defendant appeals from a judgment convicting him of unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a violation of Iowa Code section 204.401(1). AFFIRMED. Carl Eric Olsen, Miami Beach, Florida, pro se. James R. Cook of Cook & Waters, Des Moines, on the brief. Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Joseph P. Weeg, Assistant Attorney General, and Stephen J. Petersen, County Attorney, for appellee. Considered by Reynoldson, C.J., and Uhlenhopp, Larson, Schultz, and Wolle, JJ. PER CURIAM. Defendant, Carl Eric Olsen, appeals from a judgment convicting him of unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a violation of Iowa Code section 204.401(1). This case was before us in State v. Olsen, 293 N.W.2d 216 (Iowa), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 993 (1980), in which we reversed and remanded when a State's witness was permitted to testify beyond the scope of the minutes of testimony. Following his conviction on a second trial, defendant again appeals and we affirm. Olsen admits that when stopped by the West Liberty police in May of 1978, he was transporting 129 pounds of marijuana and $10,915 in cash. His sole defense is that his possession and use of marijuana are protected by the first amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. Olsen is a member and priest of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church. Testimony at his trial revealed the bona fide nature of this religious organization and the sacramental use of marijuana within it. Testimony also revealed church members use marijuana continuously and publicly, commencing at an early age. Olsen admitted to smoking marijuana while driving and to using the drug a few hours before testifying in his second trial. Nonetheless, he asks us on this appeal to afford his religious use of marijuana unlimited constitutional protection. I. This court dealt at length with Olsen's first amendment claim in State v. Olsen, 315 N.W.2d 1, 7-9 (Iowa 1982), a case involving this defendant but based on a different automobile stop and arrest. We find no reason to retreat from our holding there that "[a] compelling state interest sufficient to override Olsen's free exercise clause argument is demonstrated in this case." In fact, since our last Olsen decision, we have been joined in our analysis by yet another court, see Whyte v. United States, 471 A.2d 1018 (D.C. 1984). Olsen now contends we must make an independent finding of a compelling state interest rather than defer to the legislature's decision to regulate marijuana. The cases do not support Olsen's assertion. See Leary v. United States, 383 F.2d 851, 860-61 (5th Cir. 1967), rev'd on other grounds, 395 U.S. 6 (1969); Whyte, 471 A.2d at 1021; State v. Rocheleau, 451 A.2d 1144, 1148 (Vt. 1982). II. Defendant also raises an equal protection challenge, based on the legislative exemption granted the peyote ceremonies of the Native American Church. See Iowa Code § 204.204(8) (1983). This statutory exemption may be derived from the California Supreme Court's decision in People v. Woody, 394 P.2d 813 (Cal. 1964). The Woody court noted in granting the prosecution exemption that peyote was use only in a desert enclosure and only during a special Saturday sundown to Sunday sunrise ceremony. The participants were fed breakfast at the close of the ceremony and were kept isolated from the general population until the drug's effects had dissipated. Defendant can point to no such safeguards in the Coptic Church's indiscriminate use of marijuana; the drug is smoked publicly and continuously and made available to church members regardless of age or occupation. These significant distinctions render meritless defendant's equal protection argument. We affirm the judgment of the district court. AFFIRMED. State v. Olsen, No. 171-69079 (Iowa, July 18, 1984), slip op.