This year, Denver’s International International Church of Cannabis officially opened it’s doors on marijuana’s most sacred day in the USA, 4/20. Due to an overwhelming number of requests (the current congregation count hovers around 800), they recently announced that the church would be the first of its kind to offer matrimony ceremonies in a “cannabis-friendly environment.”
“We thought there would be interest from people wanting to get married at the church, but we never expected such a response,” ICC spokesperson Lee Malloy told the Metro UK. “The demand from couples interested in celebrating their wedding with us…has been far greater than ever expected. We are truly excited to start turning those dreams into realities.”
What they call the “Elevated Wedding Package” offers a ceremony with a 200 guest capacity, in addition to lifetime membership to the church. The cost? $4200, of course and a fair price compared to (far too) many nuptial services. The church is also offering a Wedding Giveaway. One lucky couple will get hitched free of charge if they provide a compelling reason for “why [they should] be the first couple to book their wedding at the International Church of Cannabis.”
Their official manifesto provides some insight into their origin and mission:
Elevationism started in Denver, Colorado with a small group of individuals unsatisfied with the outdated, organized religions currently available to them. Church members are called Elevationists and our lifestance is that an individual’s spiritual journey, and search for meaning, is one of self-discovery that can be accelerated and deepened with ritual cannabis use.
We use the sacred flower to reveal the best version of self, discover a creative voice and enrich our community with the fruits of that creativity. As a group Elevationists demand the right to congregate and partake of their sacrament together. They do not believe it is just that they be thought of as criminals for carrying out their deeply held religious traditions, no matter how new those traditions may appear to be.
The fact that folks are prohibited from taking post-nuptial tokes (it’s still illegal to consume cannabis publicly in Colorado) has apparently done little by way of discouraging interest. My interest is more than piqued. It’s 10 years too late for my man and I, but rest assured we will be inquiring about vow renewal services.