For selling Pot ! The sales , now legal in the state , are being conducted as " For Donation " only to avoid the city and state sales taxes . San Jose is supposedly losing money in tax revenues . Last year alone San Jose acquired ten and a half million dollars in pot taxes .
Freedom of religion ?
High on God ?
Churches selling pot. Now I've heard it all.
That's nonsense. Churches should have to pay taxes.
Hi there ahorseback. I can't tell if you posted this as a news blast, a kudos to San Jose for enforcing the law, or a criticism of San Jose for going after "churches."
Your topic, however, did cause me to ask my friend Google about it, and it seems that recognizing the two establishments in the controversy as "churches" would be quite a stretch.
The most prominent one was the Coachella Valley Church, which opened in May, 2017. Here is how they describe themselves:
"Staff and members of Coachella Valley Church, which opened in May, previously told the Resident sales and use of cannabis are exempt under the banner of religious freedom. Members use marijuana both in the downstairs chapel and on the church’s rooftop lounge as part of their Rastafari practice, they said.
“It helps me to clarify my own mind, to get to my sense of purpose and start living my truth,” Grant Atwell, a shaman who also goes by his Native American name Star Touches Earth, said in a recent interview. Atwell occasionally speaks at the church’s weekly services and advocates the spiritual and medical use of marijuana."
The Mercury News newwspaper
Then there was one that was a bit shadier, "The Citadel Church of La Puente," an illegal pot club turned church. Here is what SFGATE, a sister-website of the San Francisco Chronicle, noted about this "church:"
"An underground Los Angeles-area pot club has given new meaning to the term "green cross."
An illegal dispensary masquerading as a church ..."
"... Approximately four to five pounds of marijuana, a scale and surveillance equipment was also seized from the dispensary, which has a license issued by the city of La Puente to repair cell phones."
SFGATE, a sister-website of the San Francisco Chronicle
It should also be noted that recreational pot use is not legal in San Jose until January 2018, and all sellers/dispensaries must be licensed by San Jose.
So which was your take on the topic, a kudos to San Jose, or a blast for going after churches?
I'm simply speaking to the general degeneration of crime , drug , life and reality in ultra- liberal California law . Churches having "pie sales " instead of pot sales used to be the norm . Remember ? Like the old pie sales , I wonder if the churches in San Jose will now feed and clothe the hungry and naked in town ? No, I suspect not ...........They still do where I live .
Instead the city sues the church for pot revenues , the churches have elevated senses of ........well everything instead of sermons , and California people send pot money to pay off their state treasury , except California is the most indebted state in the union ?
No wonder the entire west is covered in smoke this summer in my RV. travels ! Idaho , Montana , Wyoming , Colorado .......and they blame it on forest fires ?
Where I come from the bumper sticker ask's " GOT MILK ? " ........In California it must be " GOT BUD ?"
GA , As an interesting side note , A Church in Florida just posted signs on all of its doors , ........THIS IS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE , ...........meaning , someone in the church is likely carrying a weapon to defend it's peacefully attending people.
Yet in Church In San Jose , perhaps we can have armed guards to guard against "crimes " committed by someone likely to steal pot or pot sales cash proceeds at the doors , maybe they can wear those black bandellaro's over their shoulders with khaki uniforms like they do below the border , you know , to guard the pot sales people ?
Meanwhile where I'm from ,........they still sell pies .
California , definately something in the water !
I understand your perspective ahorseback, but I think you are giving way too much credence to these entities claims to be "churches."
I would imagine that bogus claims of being a "church" aren't unheard of in your life experience, it is not unheard of in mine. This is just the first time I have heard of it being used as cover for a "pot" operation. Although I think I do recall some controversy over peyote use.
I have also heard a blurb or two about pastors/churches advertising or encouraging members to "carry" when they attend services. Quite a message, don't you think?
I bet there are more than enough issues for a Conservative to use as clubs against California's political leanings and social lifestyles, you probably don't need these fake churches to use.
Okay GA , I'll stop picking on Californians , it was fun though ,......... hey what IF Jimmy Jones had been in California recently ? Would .............no I won't go there . What a world we baby -boomers have brought forth .
I won't hold you to that ahorseback. California is like low-hanging fruit - just too many opportunities, (politically speaking), to ignore.
Where do you live GA .....or for privacy you don't have to say .
Maryland, The Eastern Shore. A Purple in a Blue state. I am outnumbered on both sides of the political spectrum.
A voice of reason is never curmudgeonous , the hard part is for those who delve into the issue head first to see that , most today never learned how to reason nor care to, I think I gave up on reason long ago and went directly into attack mode .........
I became a reasonable pit bull .
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