Movie review: A new documentary tells the story of the U.S.-Mexico drug trade through a women religious working with victims' families, a Texas rancher and a U.S. federal agent.
The First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis, challenging state laws on possession and use of marijuana as infringing upon religious beliefs.
The complaint, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, contends that cannabis is the church's sacrament and its members believe marijuana "brings us closer to ourselves and others."
"We are taking legal action today to ensure love has no barriers in our land," said Bill Levin, Church of Cannabis founder, in front of the Indiana Statehouse.
Opposition to the legalization of marijuana is on "the side of science and the side of fact," said William J. Bennett, a former U.S. secretary of education and former federal "drug czar."
He called it "remarkable that there are so many in denial" about the harmful effects of pot.
Bennett made the comments Monday in discussing his new book on the topic at an event at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
Voters on ballot initiatives in 41 states gave a resounding thumbs-up to recreational marijuana and higher minimum wages, while dividing on abortion-related measures and GMO labeling.
In Colorado, voters rejected a proposal to add "unborn human beings" to the state's criminal code, a measure that some feared could ban abortion.
When someone close to Teresa Miller developed an addiction to prescription pain medication in 2009, the Florida mom was so distraught she enrolled herself at the University of South Florida.
Miller emerged three and a half years later with a master's degree in mental health counseling. Miller said she wanted to do everything she could to understand the addiction dilemma and to accompany a loved one -- and eventually other parents and families in the community -- in navigating what is a daunting crisis.
Caught in the middle of the marijuana debate are religious leaders torn over how to uphold traditional understandings of sin amid a changing tide of public opinion.