First Church of Cannabis gets tax-exempt status

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Let's face it, if the Internal Revenue Service can grant tax-exempt status to the Church of Scientology -- which worships a dead and pretty bizarre science-fiction writer -- how can it deny a modest group of folks whose deity is a good weed buzz?

Answer: It cannot. At least without infringing on the freedoms of the Church of Cannabis, a religious organization based in Indianapolis.

The weed church is leveraging Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which recently has aroused concerns that the new law will be used to allow businesses in the state to refuse service to gays and lesbians because they are sinning in the eyes of God and blah blah blah.

Anyone making a cash contribution to the Church of Cannabis -- whether it's for pipes, bongs or vaporizers -- now can totally write it off. So far the church has raised more than $11,000 from 651 weed worshippers through its GoFundMe page.

Church found Bill Levin says he plans to hold the first service on July 1, the day the law goes into effect, according to Raw StoryWeed still is totally illegal in Indiana, so we'll see how that works out.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't provide a link to the Church of Cannabis's version of the 12 Commandments, known as "The Deity Dozen" (and only one of which has to do with weed).

This story, "First Church of Cannabis gets tax-exempt status" was originally published by Fritterati.

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