Zide Door Church of Entheogenic Plants, an assembly of the Church of Ambrosia, filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that the city, police department and a police officer violated its 1st and 14th amendment rights and that the city’s land use code prohibits the group from conducting religious ceremonies and sacraments involving psychedelics and cannabis inside its church.
The lawsuit originates from an incident in which Oakland police raided Zide Door Church, located at 1216 10th Ave., on Aug. 13, 2020, over allegations that the church was operating as a dispensary. Officer John Romero said the church was listed as a commercial cannabis dispensary on an open-source website and the city of Oakland‘s nuisance abatement office got an anonymous complaint in May 2019 that the church was serving as a dispensary.
Laguna Beach police this month shut down what they allege was a marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday.
The Oakland Police Department said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation. The city attorney’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that it hadn’t