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Cannabis church leader uses marijuana extract at state capitol

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HARRISBURG -- The leader of a Rhode Island "cannabis church" says she has permission to use marijuana extract during a prayer and healing ceremony outside the capitol building in Harrisburg.

Anne Armstrong says the oil is a sacrament for religious anointing purposes and is protected by religious freedom. She showed a copy of the email which gave her permission to use the oil at the ceremony.

Armstrong says, "The people need cannabis medicine. They can get it from the church before the legislature even does anything. While they're making up their minds, the church still stands at the ready to help."

According to her church, the cannabis oil was the key ingredient in the bible's "disease-ending, war-stopping sacrificial rites." The ceremony took place before a two-day medical cannabis blitz planned for the statehouse by medical cannabis patients.