The recently formed Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday fighting for protections to use marijuana during services under the name of religious freedom.
Bill Levin held a press conference Wednesday at the Statehouse where he announced the filing of the lawsuit. The Church of Cannabis said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which went into effect July 1, protects the right to possess and smoke marijuana.
The First Church of Cannabis, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Indiana and is a religious society with its principal place of business located in Indianapolis.
Cannabis sativa also known as marijuana or Cannabis, “the Healing Plant” is the first sacrament of the First Church of Cannabis; members believe it brings them closer to others.
According to the lawsuit, cannabis “is our fountain of health, our love curing us from illness and depression.”
The Attorney General’s Office did not immediately return calls made.
Max Bomber is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students.