Indiana’s Church of Cannabis files religious liberty suit

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Bill Levin poses in the sanctuary at The First Church of Cannabis, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The sanctuary, still under renovation, includes a painting on the back wall of two hands passing a cannabis cigarette. The painting, by CS Stanley, the church's minister of art, is similar to a detail of the Michelangelo "Creation of Adam" on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Bill Levin poses in the sanctuary at The First Church of Cannabis, on June 23, 2015. The sanctuary, still under renovation, includes a painting on the back wall of two hands passing a cannabis cigarette. The painting, by CS Stanley, the church's minister of art, is similar to a detail of the Michelangelo "Creation of Adam" on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Photo courtesy of Kelly Wilkinson, The Indianapolis Star

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The lawsuit challenges state laws on possession and use of marijuana as infringing upon religious beliefs.

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  • Dominic

    A religion that uses marijuana as a sacramental tool to bring us closer to ourselves and others. Is God anywhere in this club?
    Years ago this religion was known only as a “Happening”, or a “Love In”. Charlie Mason was a major evangelist, along with Timothy Leary. Indiana should be ashamed of itself for denying the good this church will offer society.

  • Larry

    “Is God anywhere in this club?”

    Obviously since they call themselves a church. Just like people who give out free wine and crackers in a public venue on Sundays.

  • Jack

    Bill looks more like a shlepper from Brooklyn than a minister of any kind.

  • Larry

    Are you saying schleppers from Brooklyn are ineligible to be ministers?

    I guess so.

    Its tough for religious folks to make fun of another religion without looking like idiots. But they try all the time. 🙂

  • Dominic

    Yes, you’re right. Hadn’t thought of the connection there. Wine, crackers, and pot. God certainly dwells within its walls.

  • Earold D Gunter

    “Is this a real religion?”
    As real as any of the rest.

  • JR

    Another waste of time, money, and legal consideration. At least the junkies will not be on our sidewalks.

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  • Jack

    I guess you don’t know what a shlepper is.

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  • Adam Hutchisom

    Is this any different than Catholics and prohibition in the 30s, with Communion? Marijuana is our prohibition era. We need Libertarians that are willing to fight in office. This should be a sovereign right, just like anything else an adult should be able to decide on their own. The govt is real good at making decisions and it knows best, right!? Cut them down.