Cannabis Church Files Lawsuit Against Jurupa Valley
April 13, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA –
Since it opened last year, the Vault Church of Open Faith located at 5024 Etiwanda in Jurupa Valley has been subject to discrimination and harassment by the City of Jurupa Valley. Multiple visits by city personnel ordering the church closed based on its members’ belief in cannabis as religious sacrament have taken place at the church according to church members.
In response to the harassment, the church filed a lawsuit against the City of Jurupa Valley seeking damages for injuries suffered by church members and for violating state and federal law. In the lawsuit, the Vault Church of Open Faith, along with the Association of Sacramental Ministries, allege the City violated church members’ religious rights.
“Cannabis is central and vital to our religious beliefs,” said Alanna Reeves, president of the Association of Sacramental Ministries. She commented further on the raid saying, “It is wrong for cities and government agencies to continue to discriminate against and attack churches based on church members’ belief in cannabis as central sacrament.”
Brent David Fraser, an Orange County spokesperson for the church and founder of the Association of Sacramental Ministries said, “A church is not a marijuana dispensary simply because it believes cannabis is its religious sacrament. For thousands of years, cannabis has been used in religions around the world as an entheogen and sacrament. One of the main goals of association churches is to give back to the community and to help people. Discriminating against these churches is simply wrong.”
The Vault Church of Open Faith and The Association of Sacramental Ministries, Inc. will hold a press conference on:
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at the Vault Church of Open Faith, 5024 Etiwanda, Mira Loma, CA 91752…. For more information, please contact:
Brent David Fraser at The Association of Sacramental Ministries, Inc. (424) 285-4612
or Alana Reeves at (562) 961-2670.
www.sacramentalministry.wordpress.com (424) 285-4612