Church Of Cannabis Holds First Service, Marijuana Smoking Nixed Due To Arrest Threats By Indiana Police

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The First Church of Cannabis in Indiana has attracted dozens of patrons adorned in tie-dyed clothing and shirts with marijuana leaf emblems. The recently formed Indianapolis church was reportedly formed as a test case for the new religious objection laws in the state. The church was founded in Marche by members seeking to legalize marijuana in the state of Indianapolis as a religious liberty, according to TIME.

The first service was held at the First Church of Cannabis on Wednesday. The attendees reportedly opted to celebrate the opening of the Indianapolis church without smoking pot during the service because government authorities threatened to arrest anyone toking on marijuana during the “rites.”

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Some neighbors of the cannabis church object to the formation of the group because it is not a “good fit” for the area and noted the illegality of smoking or ingesting cannabis, as well.

First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin said he chose to nix the marijuana portion of the service held earlier this week because he ultimately wanted to test the bounds of religious objections laws in civil, nor criminal, court.

“If we weren’t intimidated, this would be the sacrament box, folks – this is the box we keep our sacrament in,” Levin said, while toting a small wooden box. “Unfortunately, there’s no sacrament in it today, so just pretend, folks,” ABC News reported. The majority of cannabis church members followed suit and pretended to pass around joints and smoke them.

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