Of course 4/20 is opening day

On 4/20/17, a former Lutheran church in Denver, Colorado will officially open as The International Church of Cannabis. The 113-year-old church building, which was decorated by renowned Spanish “ecclesiastical” street artist Okuda San Miguel and Kenny Scharf, is the new headquarters for a group called the Elevationist Ministries. The non-denominational order has no religious hierarchy or theology, just a belief in the spiritual power of marijuana.

Although public consumption of cannabis is still illegal in Colorado, and the Elevationists won’t be selling any weed at their church, the group is invoking constitutional freedom of religion to permit use on site. The Elevationists have legal permits to operate the church, but no one is certain how state and local authorities will react when congregants light up.

DENVER, CO – APRIL 12: This is a photo of the exterior of the International Church of Cannabis at 400 south Logan street on April 12, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The graffiti style murals on the outside of the church were done by well-known graffiti artist Kenny Scharf. The members of this new church call themselves Elevationists and say that the use of cannabis helps elevate people to a higher form of themselves. They plan to open their doors to the public on April 20th and have a weekend of events planned for the neighborhood to introduce people to this new and unique concept for a church. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

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