On Wednesday, as possession for recreational use becomes legal in Oregon and Minnesota opens its first medical pot dispensary, a new marijuana-centric religion will host its inaugural worship service in Indiana.
The First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis hopes to blaze a new route to de facto legalization without the reform legislation or ballot measures seen in more progressive states. It’s seeking an exemption to anti-pot laws under Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Church of Cannabis leaders believe the state’s religious-freedom law, which takes effect
Wednesday, grants them legal protection to enjoy the drug in Indiana, where neither medical or recreational use of marijuana is allowed.