Pennsylvania Pastor Shawn Berkebile knowingly allowed his church members to break the law when they confessed to him that they were going to use medical marijuana to treat their sick daughter.
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On Nov. 28, 2016, the United States Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal filed by a Native American church in Hawaii that was seeking exemption from federal marijuana laws, upholding a previous decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members in Arizona, California, and Nevada to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana. The top three leaders in the church made their appeal in a letter, according to KUTV.com, website for the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City.
On Feb. 5, 2016, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement to the Salt Lake Tribune, officially opposing SB 73, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
Bill Levin is the founder of The First Church of Cannabis, a newly formed religion in Indiana following the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The church is dedicated to using cannabis as its holy sacrament.
In 1986 the Oregon Supreme Court decided that Oregon’s controlled-substance statutes violated the “free exercise” clause of the U.S. Constitution in that they outlawed the use of certain drugs, including peyote, while allowing no safe harbor for their religious/sacramental use.
Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law has been widely criticized and condemned by many, but an innovative marijuana activist in the state is using the bill’s legal protections as a means to set up a new religious sect — the First Church of Cannabis.