The Wink In Weed: The Midwest Leg Of ‘Cannafest Destiny’ Tours The Heartland

Grand Poohbah Bill Levin

By David Rheins So much attention is spent on the great progress that is being made on the East Coast, that we sometimes forget to acknowledge the truly historic changes that are transforming the country’s heartland.  As wise approach this Independence Day, those of us in the marijuana reform movement and legal cannabis industry have Read the full article…

Cannafest Destiny Tour Stops At First Church Of Cannabis In Indy On June 13th, 2018

Cannafest Destiny Tour Stops at First Church of Cannabis in Indy on 6/13

INDIANA: Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) Founder David Rheins and Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley will be featured speakers at the weekly services of the First Church of Cannabis, spreading education and encouragement to Indianapolis’ cannabis community on Wednesday, June 13th, as part of the midwestern leg of their “Cannafest Destiny” educational tour. The two will Read the full article…

David Rheins Keynote Address At Indiana Cannabis Chat 1.0

David Rheins was featured speaker at the first Indiana Cannabis Chat 1.0

The following is a transcript of MJBA Executive Director David Rheins’ keynote speech at Indiana Cannabis Chat 1.0, last week’s educational mixer held at the historic Antelope Club in downtown Indianapolis.  The event was produced put by the Indiana Libertarian Party of Marion County, and sponsored by Curved Papers. Thank you, it is an honor Read the full article…

Minnesota Woman Asks Court To Allow Marijuana Use Per Indiana Church Beliefs

31-year-old Ashley Firnschild argues to the Hennepin County District Court that marijuana laws place an “undue burden” on her beliefs as a First Church of Cannabis member. The Golden Valley woman is accused of smoking marijuana and violating her probation on a drug charge.

MINNESOTA: A Minnesota woman accused of violating probation says she should be able to use marijuana for religious reasons because she belongs to a pot-smoking church based in Indiana. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports 31-year-old Ashley Firnschild argues to the Hennepin County District Court that marijuana laws place an “undue burden” on her beliefs as a First Read the full article…

First Church of Cannabis Files Suit

The suit, filed in Marion County Court, is asking for an injunction against the state and city of Indianapolis to prohibit members of TFCC from being prosecuted for using marijuana as part of their sacrament.

INDIANA:The First Church of Cannabis is going to court for the right to use marijuana as part of its sacrament under Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration law. The suit, filed in Marion County Court, is asking for an injunction against the state and city of Indianapolis to prohibit members of TFCC from being prosecuted for using marijuana as Read the full article…

Meet The Jewish Grand Poobah Of The First Church Of Cannabis

31-year-old Ashley Firnschild argues to the Hennepin County District Court that marijuana laws place an “undue burden” on her beliefs as a First Church of Cannabis member. The Golden Valley woman is accused of smoking marijuana and violating her probation on a drug charge.

INDIANA: Athough he grew up at the Reform-affiliated Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Bill Levin recently founded a church. And not just any church — the First Church of Cannabis, for which Levin will serve as the Minister of Love. Sound like a joke? Not to Levin, although he tends to refer to himself in church dealings as Read the full article…

Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis’ Clarion Call To The Pot Faithful

The First Church of Cannabis is an undeniable success: barely 90 days old, and has attracted hundreds of new members, thousands of dollars of donations and nearly 35,00 Facebook followers from around the world to the cause.

By David Rheins With a shock of spiky white hair and an ever-present smoldering cigar, Minister of Love Bill Levin sits relaxed in an overstuffed chair covered in animal print and ponders a post-prohibition America.  A perennial Libertarian candidate and one of the forces behind Re-Legalize Indiana, Bill is an unlikely figure to be challenging Read the full article…

‘Pot’ Church Wins Tax-Exempt Status

Levin’s new church may need the money: It’s still looking for a place to lease so it can hold its first church service on July 1, when Levin promises that worshippers “will light up” and fill the sanctuary with marijuana smoke.

INDIANA:Peace, love, pot and a tax deduction. It’s not exactly the Holy Trinity but it’s what the First Church of Cannabis hopes to offer supporters now that it’s incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization. Bill Levin, who founded the church to test Indiana’s new religious freedom law, was notified earlier this week that the Internal Read the full article…

Marijuana Church Ruled Tax Exempt

Indiana’s marijuana-smoking church has been incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service according to the church’s founder.

INDIANA:  Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Act, which critics say allows discrimination of gay people. However, there is another unintended side effect, where The First Church of Cannabis is now allowed to smoke marijuana and have tax exempt status, even though weed is not legal in the state. Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick?), Jimmy Dore Read the full article…

Whoops: Indiana’s Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Act Opens The Door For The First Church of Cannabis

Levin’s new church may need the money: It’s still looking for a place to lease so it can hold its first church service on July 1, when Levin promises that worshippers “will light up” and fill the sanctuary with marijuana smoke.

INDIANA:  In a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the First Church of Cannabis in the Hoosier State. While Governor Mike Pence (R) was holding a signing ceremony for the bill allowing businesses and individuals to deny Read the full article…