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    The Father, Son, and Holy Smoke! Marijuana Church Opens in Michigan

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    A new church opened in Michigan on Sunday with a blaze -- The First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason.

    Approximately 50 people attended the opening ceremony in Lansing as ordained minister Jeremy Hall delivered a sermon celebrating cannabis. While the church has no prophet, ideology, or texts, Hall does believe in the spiritual properties of the marijuana plant.

    "The biggest question I get is, 'How can this be a church if we don't subscribe to a religious theology?'" he told attendees, according to the Lansing State Journal.

    "Well, the reality is it sounded better than a cannabis cult."

    Hall is originally from Tennessee, but moved to Michigan with his wife because of the state’s legalization of medical marijuana. He hopes that his church will help change the perception of pot smokers, and it has been engaging with the community by handing out fans and water to those in need on hot summer days. The church also distributed 100 hygiene kits to new members that will, in turn, be given to the homeless.

    "We're using our church to elevate the community and to show we aren't a drain on society or a bunch of unmotivated criminals," he said.

    Snacks at the meeting included marijuana laced baked goods that they referred to as “religious materials.” Attendees were still required to show a medical marijuana card to partake, however.

    "The reaction from the community has been extremely positive so far," he said.

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