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Pot-smoking Indiana church sues over marijuana laws

Lawsuit by pot-smoking church claims Indiana marijuana laws infringe on religious beliefs

Pot-smoking Indiana church sues over marijuana laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A pot-smoking church is suing the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

The First Church of Cannabis was formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law. The church filed its lawsuit Wednesday in Marion Circuit Court. The defendants include Gov. Mike Pence.

The lawsuit claims church members believe marijuana "brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression."

There was no marijuana during the church's first service July 1, which was observed by more than 20 police officers. Local officials had threatened arrests if marijuana was present.

A message seeking comment was left for the Indiana Attorney General's Office.

Updated : 2021-09-18 19:51 GMT+08:00