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?

Orson is the founder of the London Cannabis Club.

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