Church Claiming to be a ‘Cannabis Sanctuary’ Faces Shutdown

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Madison, Wisconsin city officials have a problem with the newly formed The Lion of Judha, House of Rastafari Church. They want to shut it down because cannabis is illegal in Wisconsin. But the founders of the church think they have the law on their side and they’re just exercising their religious freedom. Grab some popcorn, this one is going to get interesting.

“They are claiming to be a church,” Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy said to Channel 3000. “I have not seen any documentation or anything that supports they are, in fact, a church. Even if they are a church, marijuana is illegal in this state. You can’t sell it. It can’t just be 24/7 and you can smoke weed and that’s our religion.”

The church’s founders, Jesse Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert, contend that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from legal action and allows for marijuana use as a religious practice. They claim that nearly 6,000 people have already signed up to become church members since opening their doors less than a month ago.[…]

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