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Focus on cannabis sales at Colfax Church of Modern Medicine

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The Church of Modern Medicine has set up shop in Colfax and the weedmaps.com website indicates that it’s offering more than salvation.

At $220 an ounce, the 333 Canyon Court location will sell or deliver Grape Ape indica cannabis, the weedmaps posting states. The Skywalker OG indica strain is priced online at $280 an ounce or $18 a gram. And there are several other types of pot and prices posted on the Church of Modern Medicine page.

The offerings to parishioners are being met with enthusiasm, the site’s posting notes, with high demand requiring a text or e-mail the night before to guarantee next-day deliveries.

The church, established in what was once a wholesale gas business headquarters near an Interstate 80 off-ramp, is being questioned by the owner of the city of 2,000’s lone cannabis purveyor, Jim Dion of Golden State Patient Care.

Dion said that he can see the vehicles going in and out of the Church of Modern Medicine parking lot and wonders how it can stay open. Golden State is a medicinal cannabis dispensary. The Church of Modern Medicine’s web post states it accepts “adult use” recreational and medical members.

Dion said he’s heard that the City of Colfax is looking into ways to shut down sales. He said he’s in support of any effort to control what he considers an unlicensed business that is selling subgrade products and not paying taxes. Golden State is currently collecting 22.25 percent tax on sales, he said.

“I don’t want to slam the city — they’ve got enough problems — but the stuff they’re selling is not tested by the state for residue and mold,” Dion said. “They’re doing it illegally. A lot of people are unhappy.”

City Manager Wes Heathcock did not respond to a Journal request for information on the city’s possible response to Church of Modern Medicine concerns. And Mayor Will Stockwin contacted the Journal but stayed tight-lipped on details surrounding the issue that he said has been a topic of discussion in closed session.

Stockwin stated that “potential legal ramifications have been discussed in closed session, and  are currently being explored.”

But he would offer no further comment.

The Church of Modern Medicine was asked to respond to Journal questions about the online marketing on weedmaps.com but no one had responded to the request by press deadline.

Roseville dealt with a similar issue in 2017 after The Temple of Healing and Meditation opened in October. In late December, Roseville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit served a warrant at the South Harding Boulevard location and later arrested two brothers who had been served a cease-and-desist order Oct. 31.

An attorney hired by the Roseville dispensary owners had argued that it should stay open under protections for religious practice. Roseville authorities said that the “temple” had remained open for as long as it did to ensure enough evidence was gathered to make a solid case to shut it down.

The Colfax Church of Modern Medicine opening comes at a time when the city is moving on plans to issue up to two medicinal cannabis business permits and two recreational pot business permits.

That could mean the city would have the only five cannabis sales outlets in Placer County — or six, if the Church of Modern Medicine remains.