We know you love cannabis, but do you love it enough to follow a higher calling and join a cannabis church?
If we just piqued your interest, you’re in luck—The International Church of Cannabis, a church that revolves around all things pot, opened in Denver on this past 4/20. The church veers more towards spirituality than conventional religion, and it aims to be a place where weed-lovers can go to be around other like-minded stoners. The church is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., when visitors can't consume cannabis, but can enjoy the amazing art. Currently, private, invitation-only events where congregants can consume cannabis take place Friday evenings. They're also holding a contest to gift one lucky couple the use of the church to hold their wedding - at no charge
But, according to local reports out of Colorado, the church may not exactly be all that it seems—and the problems stems not from being pot-friendly, but from what the church does with its other green: money. According to the Denverite and Denver Metro Media, the church hired PR company Bang Holdings to handle social media engagement for them to the tune of $10,000 a month. While organizations shelling out major cash to get internet-popular is nothing new, the thing here is that the CEO of Bang Holdings is also one of the founders of Elevation Ministries, the owners of The International Church of Cannabis. It’s worth noting here that the church requests members to make donations. So, the church may be using these donations to pay a company that its founders also own. Talk about a potential conflict of interest…
To find out more, check out the MERRY JANE News report above.