First Church of Cannabis

Definition - What does First Church of Cannabis mean?

The First Church of Cannabis, a cannabis-based registered church, was founded in Indiana in 2005 by Bill Levin. It is located in a jurisdiction where marijuana is illegal but it is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The First Church of Cannabis has a list of 12 commandments referred to as the Deity Dozen. It is listed by the IRS as a non-profit organization.

Hydrolife explains First Church of Cannabis

When it was first established, the First Church of Cannabis garnered a lot of media attention, which has since cooled down. On the first day of its establishment, for example, there were protesters and therefore, no marijuana ceremony was held.

The First Church of Cannabis has also faced opposition from local Christian churches and has even faced vandalism and hate crimes. This partly explains why, unlike typical churches, the First Church of Cannabishas a 24-hour security camera installed.

Ministers of the First Church of Cannabis are required to donate a minimum of $4.20 dollars a month. The First Church of Cannabis has congregations and a praise band called One Love Orchestra. Followers of this religious movement call themselves cannetarians. There is a weekly service held at the church on Wednesdays, and the church continues to donate clothes and money to local homeless shelters.

The leader of the First Church of Cannabis, Bill Levin, refers to himself as the Grand Poobah of the church and says this term was inspired by the show The Flintstones, where the highest level elected official was called a poobah.

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