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.