Marijuana-using church holding service at federal park

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Members of a church that uses marijuana in its ceremonies are planning to hold a service at Roger Williams National Memorial.

The West Greenwich-based Healing Church says they’ll lead a ceremony at a well at the park at 8 p.m, but members may be at the park as early as 4 p.m. to conduct a “circumambulation” of the park.                 

Church members have been praying at the memorial, a small federal property at 282 North Main St., this week and have received a permit to hold a service there Saturday.

Park officials have said the permit allows members of the church to assemble, but not to violate any laws.

Church members say the 45-minute service is timed with the Hebrew holiday of Shavuot and the Christian eve of Pentecost.

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