A unique religious organization found that not all religious freedom laws apply when it comes to holy sacraments if they’re federally illegal. The sacrament in question? Cannabis.   

In her ruling July 6, 2018, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Lynch ruled that Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis cannot use cannabis in its services, stating that “the undisputed evidence demonstrates that permitting a religious exemption to laws that prohibit the use and possession of marijuana would hinder drug enforcement efforts statewide and negatively impact public health and safety.”

First Church of Cannabis, founded in March 2015 following the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),…

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