By Adebayo Williams
A church which allow its members smoke marijuana during service has opened in Michigan, United States. The church, pastored by Jeremy Hall, held its first service on 26 June and recorded a total of 50 members in attendance. Hall said his ministry is aimed at helping people in pain and giving people a sense of belonging.
“What I’m hoping to accomplish in the long run is to provide a place where people can be spiritual, but can also feel safe to take any of their medication.
“If they also feel cannabis is part of their spirituality, they can combine the two in a safe environment.’ Hall feels marijuana can be part of a ‘religious experience,’ of sorts.
“It can help people in pain and create a sense of belonging. You are consuming something that is breaking down all these preconceived notions and barriers and provides an outpouring of love,” Hall told Lansing State Journal.
Hall encouraged medical marijuana users and non-users to visit the place of worship. Although he expected about 40 people to show up to the first service and approximately 50 showed up. He explained that Lansing was chosen as the church location because it supports the use of medical marijuana and dispensaries. He said church members would not be harassed since the service was on private property.
Recall that Michigan had voted for the use of marijuana for some chronic medical conditions in 2008.