It’s safe to say that the marketing creative for any church is limited in terms of creativity, but two churches in San Jose, California who offer its members marijuana are making their ad viral despite immense criticism from the city.
One church, Coachella Valley Church, encourages it’s members to toke up, treating cannabis as a sacrament and says it is used here for religious purposes. Amen!
“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,” said volunteer Sebastian Grey.
Oklevueha Native American Church, also known as ONAC, is the other church that is being targeted by the city.
“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,” said Rick Doyle, the city attorney for San Jose.
Currently, the city only allows for 16 dispensaries with each paying 10 percent of its gross sales. Since neither church is considered a legal dispensary, they are not paying the taxes to the city.