Weed Churches Popping Up Across US to Skirt Marijuana Laws

by Admin on March 20, 2019

Across the US, cannabis churches claiming to be exempt from marijuana taxes, laws, and regulations are sprouting up all over the place.

The weed churches claim that they should not be hampered by marijuana laws and taxes due to their use of the drug as a religious practice which is protected in the under the First Amendment.

But so far yet, authorities aren’t buying that excuse and have treated pot churches the same as illegal marijuana dispensaries.

But with more and more of these so-called “churches” popping up in states where weed is legal and banned, the legal battles are just beginning.

One often used argument by the weed-dispensing churches is that their use of cannabis in religious ceremonies should be protected under the same laws that make it okay for Native Americans to use peyote and ayahuasca in traditional ceremonies.

Thailand has recently passed new drug laws that allow for legal possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Nevertheless, the regulations are quite strict at the current time and tourists and residents are advised to avoid the use and possession of illegal drugs in Thailand without lawful permission from a Thai doctor.

In California, for example, since making weed legal in 2018, the state has only been able to collect one-third of its projected cannabis tax revenues due to unlicensed distribution.

Read the full story here.

Related: History of marijuana in Thailand

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