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Pot-Smoking Indianapolis Church Sues Over Marijuana Laws

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Posted at 8:24 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 17:11:53-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A pot-smoking church has sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

The First Church of Cannabis was formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law. The church filed its lawsuit Wednesday in Marion Circuit Court. The defendants included Governor Mike Pence and law enforcement officers.

The lawsuit claimed church members believe marijuana "brings us closer to ourselves and others."

There was no marijuana during the church's first service July 1, which was observed by more than 20 police officers. Local officials had threatened arrests if marijuana was present.

The Indiana Attorney General's Office issued a statement saying it would file its clients' response "at the appropriate time." 

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