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On May 25, the Sacred Source Sanctuary sued the city of San Diego in federal court over the local police's February raid on the church, which describes itself as “an open faith church, whose members gather at their worship center to practice their religious faith, which has cannabis as its central sacrament.”

On February 1, the San Diego Police Department “invaded the sanctuary of the temple, detained members of the church, and seized church’s sacramental cannabis,” states the complaint. In April, the city notified the church that it was violating local land use laws.

On January 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions “issued a memorandum to all United States Attorneys rescinding prior limits and restrictions on federal prosecutors to bring and prosecute marijuana-related” violations, says the complaint. The federal law takes precedence over the state law, says the complaint. The court should slap on a permanent injunction barring the city from taxing the church’s distribution of marijuana, says the suit.

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Don Bauder June 4, 2018 @ 12:43 p.m.

Mira Dean: This morning (June 4) a U.S. senator demanded to see a facility in Texas in which the children taken away from their mothers are housed. The government wouldn't let the senator in.

You may think about another thing. The economy generally grows with population growth. American women are not having enough babies to keep population growing. The only way it can grow under these conditions is by admitting immigrants.

Some areas of. the country are experiencing labor shortages, too. This includes central California, I am told, and elsewhere. Best, Don Bauder

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EuniceRichards June 4, 2018 @ 5:27 p.m.

Did you see the picture recently showing illegal immigrant children in cages and was pointed at Donald Trump. Only to find out later the picture was taken during the Obama era.

https://qz.com/1291470/photos-immigrant-children-detained-at-the-placement-center-in-2014/

This is sending a very important message, don't illegal enter illegally.

BTW we have guest worker programs.

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Don Bauder June 4, 2018 @ 8:39 p.m.

EuniceRichards: I did not see that this 2014 photo was recycled recently. There is nothing wrong with that if the reader is told that it is a 2014 photo. If there is a representation or a hint that it is current, that is an offense. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh June 4, 2018 @ 3:13 p.m.

The contorted logic of this suit is not anything that I can follow. For the past several years, the pot shops and growers have been saying that since the state allows the stuff, the feds need to stay out of it. Sessions now appears ready crack down and enforce the federal prohibition on weed.

Now these operators file a suit and invoke the supremacy clause of the Constitution to get a judge to stop the city from exercising its controls, as defined by state law. Do they really want the feds shutting them down and sending them to prison? Of course not. This would appear, then, to be an attempt to muddy the waters enough that nobody gets around to regulating them, collecting taxes, or keeping the stuff out of the wrong hands. Calling the place a church must be their idea of getting around the federal laws and the state laws. Good luck with that.

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Don Bauder June 4, 2018 @ 8:40 p.m.

Visduh: Many tax dodges are set up in the name of religion. For that matter, plenty of other scams are done in the name of religion. Best, Don Baudere

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AlexClarke June 5, 2018 @ 6:38 a.m.

I think I will form the 1st Church of the What's Happening Now. I am sure that there are enough stupid people out there that will be glad to attend my sermons and give me money. Religion is proof that there is no limit to human stupidity. (Note: One can have faith without having to ascribe to a particular religion.)

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Don Bauder June 5, 2018 @ 6:45 a.m.

AlexClarke: I am not a person of faith because I believe the word "faith" means having an opinion on a topic without objective investigation into its truthfulness. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 5, 2018 @ 12:43 p.m.

I think faith could be believing things you don't see with intellectual eyes but feel as an involuntary autonomic visceral force.

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Don Bauder June 5, 2018 @ 1:49 p.m.

shirleyberan: If you believe it, don't let me get in your way. I don't proselytize. Best, Don Bauder

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