Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis, which was given approval recently by the state’s Secretary of State, has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The First Church of Cannabis, which approval comes after state lawmakers passed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is a church “based on love and understanding with compassion for all”, which considers cannabis a “healing plant”, according to the church’s Facebook page.
“Cannabis, “the Healing Plant” is our sacrament. It brings us closer to ourselves and others”, says Bill Levin, the church’s founder. “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.”
The first meeting of the First Church of Cannabis is scheduled for July 1st, the day the Religious Freedom Restoration Act takes effect. Individuals can become official members of the church for a simple $4.20 monthly fee.