INDIANAPOLIS -- If you plan on attending the First Church of Cannabis’ first service on July 1, be warned: You could get in some trouble.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and IMPD Chief Richard Hite hosted a press conference Friday morning about the First Church of Cannabis event scheduled for July 1, warning police intervention for those who attend.
“Anyone who is present in that sort of setting is subject to be prosecuted for visiting a common nuisance,” Curry said.
“As Jim Jones once did within our state; he led a group of people into a place of no return. We don’t want that to happen again in our state,” Hite said. “We want to send a message: This is not the way to challenge a law. You certainly can’t expect the police to stand by and not do something about it.”
Curry ended his statement by sharing his thoughts on RFRA as it pertains to the city and the First Church of Cannabis.
“In Marion County to date, we’ve had 52 homicides,” Curry said. “I am beyond frustrated that we are having to devote valuable time and resources to this matter solely because of an ill-advised and unnecessary law enacted by our legislation.”
Curry noted that his statement doesn’t represent the state of Indiana or the police department.