Mormon church backs deal to allow medical marijuana in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The agreement in such a conservative state underscores the nation’s changing attitude toward marijuana.
Oklahoma conservatives’ views on medical marijuana evolving
Their support for a medical marijuana measure on Tuesday’s ballot could ensure Oklahoma joins the growing list of states that have legalized some form of pot.
In red-state Oklahoma, marijuana ballot question splits people of faith
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) — Clergy on both sides of State Question 788, which would permit the distribution of medical marijuana, call it a moral issue, with proponents arguing that pot will reduce dependence on opioids and critics, including the state’s Southern Baptist convention and Catholic conference, saying it will lead to recreational use.
Rastafarian pot farm shootout sparks religious-use debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California authorities said religious organizations will have to obtain a state license when they become available next year like everyone else if they want to legally grow marijuana in California.
California’s ‘weed nuns’ on a mission to heal with cannabis
MERCED, Calif. (Reuters) The sisterhood stresses that its seven members, despite the moniker, do not belong to any order of the Catholic Church.
The down-ballot issues people of faith were watching
(RNS) Marijuana, gun control, the death penalty and the minimum wage are some of the issues being highlighted by religious leaders.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics jumps into Bible, pot debate
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) After two commenters posted references to the Bible in response to a story about the effects of marijuana on the brain, a bureau employee engaged them in a theological argument.
Marijuana ministries * Chicken blood * Chocolate snakes: July’s Religious Freedom Recap
Cannabis churches are billowing out across America. Chicken huggers are suing to keep ritual bird blood off Brooklyn’s sidewalks. And a South African prophet is being prosecuted for turning congregants into snakes and snakes into chocolate.
Indiana’s Church of Cannabis files religious liberty suit
The lawsuit challenges state laws on possession and use of marijuana as infringing upon religious beliefs.
Cannabis Church won’t have marijuana at first service Wednesday
Bill Levin, who calls himself the church’s minister of love, formed it partly to test Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which bars the government from infringing on religious practices.
Rastafarian sues NJ police, says he was searched for pot because of his dreadlocks
KEANSBURG, N.J. (RNS) One of the officers allegedly told Justin Cooke that he wanted to search him for marijuana because of his dreadlocks.
Voters pass wage hikes and legal pot, divide on abortion
(RNS) Tennessee approved a constitutional amendment that will give more power to state lawmakers to regulate and restrict abortion.
Faith leaders wrestle over growing support for marijuana
(RNS) While most Christians might not be caught smoking a joint, opinions on how states should handle those who possess or sell marijuana varies among religious leaders.
Different Motivations Lead to Bipartisan Support to End Mandatory Sentencing
Twenty-five years after Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, which set mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for drug offenders, an unlikely alliance of Tea Party Republicans and liberal Democrats has formed to propose legislation reversing the policy.