Redondo Beach Cannabis church opens after Seaside shutdownPosted by On

 David Mendez

Lora Novellino, center, and Jenni Rosas, right, at Seaside Church for Alternative Healing, in 2018. Novellino and Rosas are staff at the newly-formed Sacramental Life Church in Seaside’s old location. Photo by David Mendez

by David Mendez

Just weeks after a similar place of worship closed on Artesia Boulevard, a second cannabis church has moved into its predecessor’s space. Though the staff of the new organization, Sacramental Life Church of Redondo Beach, say they cannot speak for the previous church’s activities, the two appear to be linked in multiple ways — including mutual associates and legal representatives — based on filings with the California Secretary of State’s office.

Sacramental Life Church of Redondo Beach opened in early July, according to staff member Jenni Rosas, who said she was a representative for the organization.

According to Rosas, SLCRB believes that cannabis is a “blessed sacrament,” that helps those who take it “be the best you that you can be.”

“I feel that the blessed sacrament is like food for the brain and body,” Rosas said.

As part of its practice, SLCRB offers yoga classes and one-on-one counseling to members, as well as a “sound bath” healing practice based on a Tibetan meditative technique.

Members obtain cannabis through donations to SLCRB. Donation levels are set by the organization, exchanging some varieties of flower at $5 per gram according to members, who must sign a statement affirming their sincere belief that cannabis is a religious sacrament. Rosas also stated that the church provides CBD oil and edible cannabis for its members. Each exchange, Rosas said, includes a blessing of the sacrament, provided by an on-site minister. It’s common for members to be in and out of the building, cannabis in hand, in little more than five minutes.

Cannabis, Sacramental Life Church’s blessed sacrament, in flower form as purchased from SLCRB. Easy Reader photo

Though Rosas said she was permitted to speak on behalf of SLCRB, she declined to comment on the organization that most recently occupied the very space SLCRB was now in, Seaside Church of Alternative Healing — an organization of which Rosas was a member.

Seaside Church closed in late June after agreeing on June 24 to cease operation in order to avoid criminal prosecution by the City of Redondo Beach. The City pursued as…

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