Cannabis church won’t use marijuana during first service, founder says

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2015) – The First Church of Cannabis will conduct its first service this week without the aid of its “holy sacrament.”

Founder Bill Levin announced on Facebook Monday that the church would eschew cannabis for its first service Wednesday.

The announcement follows a Friday news conference in which Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite said those who used marijuana during the service would be arrested.

Levin posted on Facebook that the police department had “wagged a display of shameless misconceptions and voluntary ignorance.” He also said he wouldn’t let police drag the church into a criminal court.

“We will meet them in a civil court where the laws are clear about religious persecution,” he wrote. Levin has used the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to justify the church’s practices and existence.

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