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Members of Rhode Island cannabis church arrested on marijuana charges

Anne Armstrong, 56, and Alan Gordon, 46, were arrested July 19 by Rhode Island State Police for allegedly running a large marijuana growing operation in West Greenwich. Both are leaders of a local church with advocates for the use of cannabis (WJAR)

The Rhode Island State Police announced Tuesday the arrest of two members of The Healing Church of Rhode Island – a religious organization known for using cannabis in its services – on marijuana charges.

Anne Armstrong, 56, and Alan Gordon, 46, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and intent to deliver after officers busted an alleged growing operation in their home on Pond Road in West Greenwich.

Police seized 12 pounds of useable marijuana, 59 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of hash oil and packaging materials.

Both Armstrong and Gordon are leading members of the Healing Church and made headlines in 2015 when they and other members of their church attempted to smoke marijuana at Roger Williams Memorial fountain as a part of a religious service.

The Healing Church believes cannabis is referenced in the Biblical Old Testament and that it is a holy herb.

Both Armstrong and Gordon were ordered held without bail and will appear in district court on August 2.

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