First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin, 59, said it took 30 days for the IRS to grant his group tax-exempt status.
"Somebody at the IRS loves us," he added.
The church does not yet have a space, and its first service won't be held until July 1.
The First Church of Cannabis has raised about $11,000 so far. Its GoFundMe page reads:
Are other religions just not [satisfying] your need for spirituality? Has your faith left the standard church doctrine? Well I have an answer. I have created the FIRST CHURCH OF CANNABIS. A church based on LOVE and FAITH with the plant we know and love.Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana.
Bill O'Reilly took a look at the amazing new "church" with Indianapolis Star opinion editor Tim Swarens. They agreed that the whole thing sounds like a "con."
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