LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s an unassuming building on Lansing’s south side, but today it’s standing out as the Lansing Herbal Farmer’s Market hosted the inaugural service for the First Cannabis Church of Logic and Reason.
“We’re trying to bring nature back into our lives in such a positive way,” Reverend Jeremy Hall said.
Reverend Jeremy Hall wants to erase the stigma of what he calls years of oppression that he and others who use medical marijuana have faced.
“What we’re hoping to do today is sort of empower the community to go out and make a positive change, and doing that change in the name of cannabis,” Hall said.
It’s not what you typically picture when you think of going to church, but Hall says that doesn’t matter.
“The reality is a church is nothing more than a community of like-minded individuals who believe in a common ideal.”
Randi Bagley travelled in from Grand Rapids.
“I actually really believe in the message of the church, which is logic and reason, with cannabis infused,” Bagley said.
Chad Morrow drove all the way from Gaylord.
“It’s using cannabis because it’s more of a spiritual thing with nature and medicine and mind, body and soul and other things, rather than having a direct religion,” Morrow said.
But outside, a couple protestors did show up. Elaine Womboldt says she and others are trying to make South Lansing more enticing for businesses and families, and the new church isn’t helping.
“Having somebody from Jackson come in and hold a church service for marijuana, I mean it’s just very disturbing,” Womboldt said.
Contrary to what others may think, Hall says it’s not just about getting high. It’s about a journey of self-discovery.
“They don’t even know what we believe in and they’re already saying that they don’t believe in it,” Hall said.