A recent round of Northern California marijuana raids has resulted in numerous arrests, including that of Heidi Grossman-Lepp, leader of the Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church that claims marijuana as a religious sacrament.
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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.
Federal law does not protect the right of two ministers of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry to distribute large amounts of marijuana for their religious practices.
The highly publicized First Church of Cannabis has filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis. The church claims that anti-cannabis laws violate its members’ religious beliefs, which it claims is protected by the First Amendment and more specifically Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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.