San Jose is cracking down on churches who have been accused of selling cannabis in Northern California. It is legal to sell weed if you're a marijuana dispensary, but you need to have the proper permits. So far, two churches have faced allegations of selling pot.
Perhaps the strangest part of this all is one of the promotional videos for Coachella Valley Church, which features a Jesus-like figure smoking pot from a bong.
This story is pretty bizarre.Coachella Valley Church and the Oklevueha Native American Church have both faced criticism from city officials. They would seem like normal churches from the outside, but when you look closer into the statements on their websites, marijuana use is mentioned more than you would you expect. We would expect that weed is mentioned zero times on a church website.
The Oklevueha Native American Church, or ONAC, lists marijuana as one of the natural plant medicines on its website.
"Peyote is the path, but fire is the destination" -Oklevueha Tribe— Oklevueha (@Oklevueha)1426566333.0
A source reported that a closure injunction was issued to ONAC south bay on November 20.The Coachella Valley Church has not received any legal penalties yet, but local officials are looking into it. They have an injunction planned within the next ten days.
Coachella Valley Church says that it is a Rastafarian church.Their website prominently features marijuana on the Spirituality page. They wrote: "Herb (cannabis) is a Godly creation from the beginning of the world. It is known as the weed of wisdom, angel's food, the tree of life and even the "Wicked Old Ganja Tree". Its purpose in creation is as a fiery sacrifice to be offered to our Redeemer during obligations. Ganja has been used as food for mankind, and as a medicinal cure for diverse diseases since the beginning of mankind. Ganja is not for commerce; it was raised up as the only liberator of the people, and the only peacemaker among the entire generation. Ganja is the sacramental rights of every man worldwide."
According to ABC7 News, a woman was able to sign up to be a member and immediately buy marijuana.
Then you can walk in, show your ID, and walk to the back of the place of worship to buy weed.
Rastafarian church in #SanJose says it is not a marijuana dispensary. Church says it offers cannabis products for a… https://t.co/UuxNEpL1z5— Janine De la Vega (@Janine De la Vega)1511216576.0