Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis finally has a home! The building is located on the East has found a building on Indianapolis’s Eastside.
The Church’s founder, Bill Levin, purchased the property at 3400 S. Rural St. and plans to share the news on Wednesday, June 10. Over $10,000 has been raised for the new building by the church on gofundme.com.
New location of the First Church of Cannabis at 3400 S. Rural St. Indianapolis, IN
The building contains 2 rows of pews on each side, which extend back ten rows. Levin, the church’s “minister of love,” says the building should be able to hold 150 to 200 people at a time. The location also has a kitchen, a basement with offices, and a small yard. Plans to place a gift shop in the basement are already underway, and Levin has stated that they will host Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings as well.
The First Church of Cannabis was formed as a way to test Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which officially becomes law on July 1. The RFRA is meant to protection religious freedom by preventing the government from interfering with a church’s religious practices. The law drew a large amount of national backlash because many believed it was a disguised way to allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to same-sex couples based on religious reasons. Many are excited that the formation of this church has allowed them to see the positive, upside to the RFRA.
The purchase of a space for worship comes just a couple of weeks after the Internal Revenue Service approved the First Church of Cannabis as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization on May 21. This means that donors are able to deduct contributions to the church on federal tax returns, just as one could do with any other donation. The church will also be eligible for a property tax exemption in Indiana.
Levin shared his excitement about finally finding a building to begin worshipping with members of the new church on Facebook:
“It is small and humble facility with love through out every brick. We are HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!”
The first church ceremony is planned for July 1, the day the RFRA becomes law. The organization has already announced plans to fill the sanctuary with cannabis smoke on that day to exercise the rite to sacrament.
Although thousands have already volunteered to help restore the new building, anyone else interested in volunteering time can contact Cj Parker at [email protected]
Photo Credit: First Church of Cannabis Facebook