Indiana’s religious freedom law opens door for First Church of Cannabis
INDIANA — A man in Indiana has found a creative way to test his state’s new religious freedom law.
Bill Levin won state approval to create the First Church of Cannabis Inc.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Levin says he filed paperwork in direct response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday.
Marijuana is currently illegal in Indiana for both recreational and medical use.
But, members of the new church plan to claim that the new religious freedom law allows them to smoke pot as a religious sacrament.
Levin says the church will plan to grow hemp, but it will not buy or sell marijuana.
He also said that church members will be asked for donations of $4.20 a month, once the church is established.