(IN) Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case that cited RFRA to defend pot as a sacrament

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star Published 5:41 p.m. ET July 7, 2018The First Church of Cannabis went up in smoke in Marion Circuit Court.A judge Friday dismissed the church's 3-year-old case against the city and state that contended the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, protected the use of marijuana as a sacrament.An attorney for the …

First Church of Cannabis sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS –  A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs. The First Church of Cannabis, formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law, filed its lawsuit in Marion Circuit Court in Indianapolis, naming multiple …

The Cannabiterians and the cops

THE COPS Charlie Doss stood outside his house on South Rural Street and watched the cops rumble by on their motorcycles. “You’d think they were gettin’ ready for World War Three,” he muttered. The police presence in his neighborhood was making Charlie cranky. “What’s the big fuckin’ deal?” he announced. Roughly two dozen patrol cars …

Cops warn of arrests at Church of Cannabis

Tim Evans, Jill Disis and Mark Alesia, [email protected] 5:57 p.m. EDT June 26, 2015   Police, prosecutors will discuss enforcement plans for July 1 event   Levin contends the use of marijuana in the church service is protected by RFRA, which limits government encroachment on religious freedoms. Curry said he believes the new law is …

IRS Approves First Church Of Cannabis. What’s Next For Marijuana?

Welcome to the First Church of Cannabis Inc., approved by Indiana’s Secretary of State under its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Even bigger that state law approval, the church has even been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Tea Party conservatives evidently had a lot more trouble with their tax exemption applications. The stated intent …

Whoops: Indiana’s anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ act opens the door for the First Church of Cannabis

Tom Boggioni 29 Mar 2015 at 20:55 ET Rastafarian businessman (Shutterstock) Don't miss stories. Follow Raw Story! In a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the First Church of Cannabis in the Hoosier State. While Governor Mike …