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…church that gives cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms as communion sues over police raid

…filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city… and the… Police Department over a 2020 police raid.

…members pay a $5 monthly fee and donate in order to obtain cannabis and mushrooms, which are grown by the church. The lawsuit says Romero applied for church membership under a false name and using an invalid or forged… driver’s license. Romero allegedly signed a membership agreement acknowledging that the church isn’t operating as a dispensary, joined as a monthly member… Romero searched the church, damaging five safes and seizing… surveillance video… showed about half a dozen officers, some with guns, approach the doors of the church. Security guards hired by the church walk outside with their hands up. Several firefighters then bust into a safe inside the church using what appears to be an electric saw. “They came in guns blazing, which they didn’t need to do… this was a classic smash-and-grab scenario where they took our sacrament, they took our money and they never filed any charges,” says Hodges.

Original Article (LA Times):
Oakland church that gives cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms as communion sues over police raid
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