Church of Cannabis sues over religious discrimination
The First Church of Cannabis, which was founded in Indianapolis this year after the state passed pro-discrimination legislation, is suing Indiana. The Church claims that prohibition has infringed on their religious beliefs.
The lawsuit claims church members view cannabis as a sacrament and it “brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group.”
Indiana’s State’s Attorney has not yet responded to the lawsuit.
California wants to tame the Wild West
Last week two California committees passed legislation that would apply standards statewide across California’s cannabis market.
Officially California only has a legal market for medical use, but practically it might as well be an adult recreational market. Counties are allowed to create their own laws and regulations. That resulted in a market where just about anyone could purchase marijuana for his or her own use.
Two bills that passed through committee would standardize laws across the state, allow counties to levy taxes and allow water regulating agencies greater control over the medical marijuana industry (a real concern in a drought.)
Obama commutes nonviolent drug offenders sentences
While it wasn’t quite 80 prisoners, President Barack Obama did commute the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes.
The move still means Obama has commuted more sentences than all the previous presidents combined over the last 50 years. Saying that their punishments didn’t fit their crimes, Obama noted that he wants this to be a first step in creating a fairer criminal justice system.
- Call it news you can use: Vaporizers are easier on your lungs that smoking. .
- Louisiana governor and presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal signed a few marijuana reform laws. Lighter charges for possession and a limited medical marijuana bill, not a bad start anyway.
- A federal bill would make it easier for cannabis businesses to use banks.
- Today in creepy corners of the Internet: Google’s Deep Dream is a visualization tool developed to help study neural networks. Designed to use photos to mimic the way our brain dreams, consider it a vehicle for gorgeous, semi-abstract, highly-trippy art with the occasional creepy face stuck in.
One last thing:
Play us off, Garfunkel and Oates. This one’s for California.