A former Lutheran church in Denver, Colorado, is about to become a marijuana sanctuary called the International Church of Cannabis. It will open on the de facto stoner holiday, April 20.
The Elevationists, as they call themselves, say they seek to "offer a home to adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant." The 'home' has ceiling and walls painted in bright, vibrant colors and geometric shapes.
The church also plans to sponsor documentary screenings, speaking events, and musical performances.
"Our lifestance is that an individual's spiritual journey, and search for meaning, is one of self-discovery that can be accelerated with ritual cannabis use," the church's website states. They are currently working to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo for updates to the 100-year-old church, including adding access for people with disabilities, replacing the boiler to keep the church warm in cold months, and fixing broken windows. However, local outlet Fox 31 notes there may be a legal gray area when it comes to consuming cannabis at the church:
"Cannabis consumption at the church might raise some legal issues. Colorado law doesn't ban or permit marijuana clubs, but many opened as tourists said they needed somewhere to legally smoke.
"Lawmakers are still considering a bill that would let local governments. decide whether to allow social pot clubs. The bill would also allow any jurisdiction to ban them altogether."
Though the church claims it will be the "first large venue in the world where cannabis can be legally consumed in a social environment," other cannabis churches have cropped up across the United States.