International Church of Cannabis will open its doors this coming April 20, 2017 for its very first congregation.
Perhaps, Church of Cockfighting Freedom will follow suit. Then Church of Gamecock Chickens. And so on.
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Published time: 14 Apr, 2017 14:39 | RT
The church plan to open their doors on April 20. © The International Church of Cannabis
Worshippers of pot will soon have a place to pay their respects as The International Church of Cannabis plans to open its doors in Colorado on April 20, allowing self-described ‘Elevationists’ to consume the “sacred flower” in a congregation.
Described in a promotional video as the “first large venue in the world where adults can legally consume cannabis in a social environment,” the 113-year-old redecorated church near Washington Park, will allow attendees to “take the sacred flower to find inspiration and meaning.”
“We were looking at condos and apartments,” landlord Steve Berke told KUSA. “Then ultimately, a group of my friends convinced me to keep this as a community church, but with a little different angle to it.”
Decorated in murals depicting bizarre figures and collages, along with an art garden patio for “grillin’ and chillin’,” the church believes “one can find the path to spiritual fulfillment through the ritual use of cannabis,” according to Berke.
The non-profit organization plans to open on April 20, referencing the numbers 420, beloved of cannabis smokers. Local residents have mixed feelings about the new church. Speaking to KUSA, Cat Vielma said she hopes its new owners will ensure many of the residents who have lived in the area for 50 years will be respected.
Berke dismissed concerns, claiming the congregation were not “just a bunch of lazy stoners getting together to get high,” claiming they want to have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
Marijuana or accessories will not be sold at the church, which will host events including guest speakers, artists and comedians.
Help is needed though, as the building comes equipped with a boiler described as a “dinosaur,” requiring a replacement at a cost of $65,000. Disabled Elevationists are also unable to access the upper storeys of the church due to the lack of elevator, prompting an appeal from the church for funding.
The first meeting is scheduled to take place in Denver on 4/20.
04/13/2017 10:58 pm ET | The Huffington Post
By Ryan Grenoble
DENVER ― The International Church of Cannabis is slated to open its doors on April 20 and welcome the first-ever congregation of “Elevationists,” as it calls its members.
The church’s stated purpose is to serve as “a home to adults everywhere who are looking to create the best version of themselves by way of the sacred plant.” Just how that will be achieved is still up in the air, but church leaders told 9News that programming is expected to include guest speakers, comedians, artists, musicians and film screenings.
And while city officials ― and skeptical neighbors ― are concerned that founders Steve Berke and Lee Molloy are merely exploiting a legal loophole to create a cannabis club, the two promise the church isn’t just a smokescreen for illegal activities. No marijuana will be sold at the church.
“First and foremost, this is a community church,” Berke told Denver publication Westword. “There are rumors that this is a rasta smoking lounge or a nightclub. It’s not. It’s a safe place to congregate and consume.”
“Elevationism is about elevating one’s life and spiritual self-discovery through the sacrament of cannabis,” Molloy added. “I grew up in an evangelical, Pentecostal religion with people speaking in tongues and falling on the floor. If those people are considered a real religion, then why not us?”
“Elevationism is not a replacement to your existing faith. It’s more a supplement to it.”
– International Church of Cannabis co-founder Steve Berke
Berke told KDVR he doesn’t intend for Elevationism to take the place of other religions.
“Elevationism is not a replacement to your existing faith. It’s more a supplement to it,” he said. “You can be a Christian and an Elevationist. You can be Jewish and an Elevationist.”
This new church is housed in a building steeped in history.
The 113-year-old structure in Denver’s well-heeled Washington Park neighborhood was most recently inhabited by a Lutheran congregation. The Spanish muralist Okuda San Miguel has since painted the vaulted ceilings with colorful, geometric designs.