Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case defending weed as religious sacrament

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A judge ruled that Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis cannot use marijuana as a holy sacrament. Marion County Superior Court Jude Sheryl Lynch rejected the church’s case that marijuana smoking should be protected as a religious sacrament under Indiana’s Religious of Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), NBC4i reported Sunday. Lynch wrote in her opinion that the state has “compelling interest” to regulate marijuana and therefore marijuana is not protected under the RFRA.  “It would be impossible to combat illicit drug use and trade in a piecemeal fashion that allowed for a religious exception that would become ripe for abuse,” Lynch wrote. “Failure to regulate all marijuana in Indiana would leave a gaping hole in our state’s drug prohibitions. There is just no way to tailor these laws more narrowly without undermining the entire enforcement scheme,” she added.  Vice President Pence passed the RFRA in 2015 while he was governor of Indiana. It was intended to protect religious individuals from unnecessary government interference. Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case defending weed as religious sacrament

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