It doesn’t have a Pope, it has a Grand Poobah; it doesn’t have the Ten Commandments, it has a “deity dozen”.
And now, the First Church of Cannabis is about to have its first meeting after officially being made a charitable organisation in Indiana having circumvented the state’s laws which prohibit marijuana.
The decision by the IRS to grant the church tax-exempt status means gifts to the church by donors can be deducted for tax purposes and the church itself is eligible for a property tax exemption in the state.
The church, which is led by Minister of Love Bill Levin , has already raised $15,000 via its gofundme page that will go towards building America’s “first hemp temple”.
The group states that: “It [cannabis] is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group.”
In one post, the Church claims: “For the record: We do not worship cannabis. We celebrate life’s great adventure… It is a health supplement four our bodies and our mind. It brings us closer to each other and closer to love.”
The Church will be holding its first meeting on 1 July and expects so much demand that tents will be provided for overflow so that members can participate.
Maybe we should try this in the UK?