“A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.
“… The lawsuit claims church members believe marijuana is a sacrament that “brings us closer to ourselves and others. It 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.”
While the church may have been formed specifically following Indiana’s religious freedom law, cannabis-inspired spirituality has actually been around for many years. So this could be an interesting case.
Plaintiffs argue that laws against possession or visiting a place where marijuana is used place an undue burden on their religious freedom, and violate the state and federal constitutions.
This is actually the second notable test of the law so far. The first is just as unexpected:
“A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana‘s new religious objections law in arguing they’ve been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property.
“… The lawsuit claims that a new state law banning many sex offenders from going onto school property at any time presents an unjustified burden on the men’s religious liberties under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act…”