Oops. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is probably facepalming right about now.
Due to Republicans and their discriminatory “Religious Freedom” law, marijuana users will now be able to build a mid-west sanctuary where they can light up all the joints they desire without fear of harassment by the police. And there isn’t a thing the police can do about it because they would be violating the religious beliefs of a group of people, which is now protected by the law.
Bill Levin is the founder of the First Church of Cannabis and he filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State to open the church before the ink from Pence’s signature was even dry on the RFRA he signed on Thursday. And it was a Mary Jane miracle as he received approval from the state, which he immediately announced on his Facebook page.
Folks…. I have GOOD NEWS. Together we will Pray as CANNATAERIANS.
WELCOME TO MY CHURCH!
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CANNABIS INC. – Status: Approved by Secretary of State of Indiana – “Congratulations your registration has been approved!”
Now we begin to accomplish our goals of Love,Understanding and Good Health.
Levin also added,
Our first goal is to lease a building to pray in. Creating THE CHURCH.
Ultimately I see a HOUSE OF HEMP built with Love by Hoosiers for all to participate in. We will offer family services to help those in need. We will reach our hands out to those that need it. We will love, honor and respect each other.
We will celebrate “ONE UNIVERSAL LOVE” in our daily lives.
LOVE is the cornerstones of this church. ALL WELCOMED!
So while conservative Christians are having a field day with their hate, Levin and his new church are welcoming everyone and anyone to participate.
And it’s all legal according to attorney Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.
“I would argue that under RFRA, as long as you can show that reefer is part of your religious practices, you got a pretty good shot of getting off scot-free,” Shabazz wrote.
“What ‘compelling interest’ would the state of Indiana have to prohibit me from using marijuana as part of my religious practice? I would argue marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and wine used in religious ceremonies. Marijuana isn’t anymore ‘addictive’ than alcohol and wine is used in some religious ceremonies. And marijuana isn’t any more of a ‘gateway’ drug than the wine used in a religious ceremony will make you go out any buy hard liquor. (At least not on Sunday.)”
In addition, Shabazz pretty much dared Indiana officials to wage war in court, writing that he wants a front seat to watch them make fools out of themselves thanks to the law they enacted.
“I want a front row seat at the trial that we all know is going to happen when all this goes down.”
And there you have it. By passing the RFRA, Indiana inadvertently rolled out the welcome mat for tokers. March Madness may be coming to Indiana, but so is reefer madness and the weed worshipers are ready to start rolling.
Featured image via THC Finder