…psychedelic mushroom store… is a church we observed the sacrament…
Security… is friendly, but also well-equipped to deal with any potential problems. To join the church (40,000 people have), you must show up in person, be 18+ with a valid government-issued ID, and sign a waiver declaring that you’re not a law enforcement officer or informant, and that you accept entheogenic[s]… as part of your religion.
The first wave of cannabis retail didn’t look like today’s Apple stores. And there’s a reason for that: They were usually run by someone with one foot in the underground market and the other in civil disobedience. They started those pioneering collectives with modest funds and a reasonable expectation that “the man” could show up unannounced at any moment, slap on the handcuffs, and seize everything in sight.
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America’s only psychedelic mushroom store is a church in Oakland. We observed the sacrament
Artwork Fair Use: Alan Rockefeller