Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was launched earlier this year and most saw it as a pretty blatant way to suppress LGBT rights.
However, the controversial law has now backfired quite spectacularly and helped to advance another alternative lifestyle in the U.S state.
On Tuesday, Indiana legally recognized the First Church of Cannabis, a group claiming to be devoted to harmony, kindness and the green stuff.
The new church will hold its first services on July 1, the day the religious-freedom law goes into effect, and apparently church members will even be allowed to light up and smoke during their church services, despite the fact that marijuana is still illegal in the state.
The new RFRA law, you see, reinforces religious freedoms. So, although it means greater protection to private businesses that choose to discriminate against homosexuals due to their religious beliefs, it also protects new satirical religious movements like the First Church of Cannabis.
It should be noted that the new church will not be allowed to buy or sell marijuana, but its leader, the self-described Minister of Love and Grand Pooba Bill Levin, says members will be allowed to partake in marijuana use as part of their religious practices.
Speaking to Death and Taxes, Levin said:
If someone is smoking in our church, God bless them. This is a church to show a proper way of life, a loving way to live life. We are called ‘cannataerians.’
Under the new law, the church has even been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. So, if you fancy setting up a wacky new religion, Indiana is clearly the place to be.
You can even help out the new church on its GoFundMe page, where the minimum donation is $4.20. Obviously.