First Church of Cannabis inaugural service draws dozens of congregants

(Source: License:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of people wearing shirts with tie-dye or images of marijuana leaves have gathered at a pot-smoking Indianapolis church that was formed as a test of Indiana’s new religious objections laws.

But participants in Wednesday’s inaugural service at the First Church of Cannabis were planning to celebrate the gathering without their illegal sacrament, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

Neighbors who object to the church and other critics point out that marijuana is illegal in Indiana and say the church isn’t a good fit for the neighborhood.

Church founder Bill Levin says he decided to keep marijuana out of Wednesday’s service to ensure he can test the religious objections law in civil court instead of on criminal grounds.

Related posts

Several Indiana communities to receive funds for road, bridge preservation, road reconstruction, improvements

Network Indiana

One perosn hurt in 3-vehicle crash on State Road 19 in front of Nappanee Missionary Church

Jon Zimney

City officials see uptick in graffiti in Elkhart area

Network Indiana