Monday, July 09, 2018

Indiana Court Rejects RFRA Exemption For Sacramental Marijuana Use

In First Church of Cannabis, Inc. v. State of Indiana, (IN Cir. Ct, July 6, 2018), an Indiana trial court judge rejected claims by the First Church of Cannabis that under the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act it is entitled to an exemption from the state's law relating to the possession and use of marijuana when it is used for sacramental purposes. The court refused to enjoin state enforcement against the church, concluding that the state has a compelling interest in preventing marijuana use. The Hill reports on the decision.