Church founder Bill Levin told ABC 7 that he decided to found the church in late March after the law was passed “since religion is governing this state.”
“As Elwood said, ‘I’m on a mission from God,'” Levin said in a phone interview, referencing the famous quote from The Blues Brothers.
Marijuana is currently illegal for medical or recreational use in Indiana, though the church may skirt the law under the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which limits the government from intervening with a person’s exercise of religion.
Nearly 18,000 people have “liked” the First Church of Cannabis’ Facebook page since it went live on March 26th. Levin says he’s astounded by the outpouring of support, and is hoping to expand the religion to accommodate the faithful. [Read more at ABC7 News]