Religious Freedom for International Church of Cannabis
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The International Church of Cannabis opened its doors to an expanded membership on April 20, 2017 and has been subject to legal issues from the City of Denver ever since. This is a violation of our First Amendment right to practice religious freedom.
Religion is defined as a cause that is regarded with passion and faith, which in our case is cannabis. Religious Freedom is defined as being able to practice one's religion or exercise one's beliefs without government intervention. As such, our congregation should have the ability to operate without being cited and charged by the government.
While consumption of the cannabis sacrament takes place on site, it is done within the laws of the State of Colorado. Consumption events are private and open to church members only. All church members and their listed guests are over 21 and identification is verified at the door. The church does not sell, nor otherwise provide, cannabis to anyone. The people who attend our events wish to be there, signed up beforehand, and are of the appropriate age.
Our congregation consists of people who work, volunteer, and are contributing members of society. We have a strong sense of community and seek ways to give back. To date we've done neighborhood trash pickup, hosted a holiday toy drive, raised money to send terminally ill kids on vacation, and offered free, non-consumption yoga classes to the public.
Considering this, we ask that the Denver City Attorney's office drop their charges and cease prosecution of the International Church of Cannabis. We are guaranteed the right to Religious Freedom under the First Amendment and we wish to exercise that right without intervention from the City of Denver or any other government body.
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