Church Members Protest Seattle Pot Shop As Too Close For Comfort

WASHINGTON:  When a new retail shop started constructing its location at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street in Seattle’s Central District, the Mount Calvary Christian Center had no problem allowing the business to excavate under part of the church’s property.

The primarily black church has been happy to see once rampant crime at the intersection dwindle over the last decade while new businesses pop up and thrive, said Wayne Perryman, a former associate pastor at the church.

But at least 150 churchgoers shouted “shut it down” Sunday afternoon on 23rd Avenue because Perryman says the church realized just two weeks ago that the shop would open as Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, the second legal place to buy weed in Seattle.

The store opened last Tuesday just a few feet from the south wall of the church and conducts business Sunday during the church’s services.