In San Jose you get more than just bread and water from the priests.
Two churches that have started giving marijuana out to their congregation have been scrutinized by the police.
They say that it is illegal for the priests to give out marijuana to their followers, even though the church say that it is one of their ‘sacraments’.
Church volunteer Sebastian Grey says:
“It’s just a $10 donation to be part of the church and then you’re a lifetime member… you’re able to show your ID, we’ll get you checked in, and you can go in the back, purchase products,”
Coachella Valley Church and Oklevueha Native American Church are both being investigated by the police after they began the practice of providing their congregation with marijuana, it has been reported that members if the church pay up to $100 for the products.
Rick Doyle, the city attorney for San Jose says:
“Whatever their followers want to smoke, that’s not the issue. It’s the distribution and sale coming from the dispensary. The church issue just doesn’t fly,”
The city have allowed 16 other dispensaries to give out marijuana, and they all pay 10% tax. It is thought that the city don’t have a problem with the weed being given out, they’re just mad that they aren’t making any money out of it.
Marijuana has been legalized in around half of all U.S sates in the last few years. The benefits of medicinal marijuana have proven to be helpful for conditions ranging from anxiety all the way to cancer.
Attitudes towards marijuana are changing, where once it was stigmatized new research that is mounting all the time places marijuana as one of the best wonder-drugs there are, and people are coming round to seeing it as a medicine rather than a recreational drug.