Jorge Ramos, A love for weed could be Indiana’s next religion, Fusion

They call Indiana the “Crossroads of America,” but when it comes to marijuana, the state is at a standstill: recreational and medical marijuana are still illegal. But thanks to a growing group of people that are using weed to connect with a higher power, that could all change very soon.

Earlier this year, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, making it acceptable for business owners to refuse services to the LGBT community. But it also limits the government from intervening in a person’s exercise of religion.

So while Gov. Pence was focused on appeasing his conservative voters, the Church of Cannabis–lead by Bill Levin–quickly formed to bring the state into a new age of enlightenment.

Levin is the self-proclaimed “Grand Poobah and Minister of Love” at the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis, Indiana, a church rooted in love and weed, which opened its doors in July of this year. Levin and the church’s lawyers are currently suing the state, claiming they should be able to consume cannabis because it’s a religious liberty.

Fusion’s Ryan Nerz joined Levin and his congregation for the church’s inaugural service to see what this new religion is all about.


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