The legalization of marijuana is leading to a new trend in nuptial ceremonies. “Weed weddings” are now popping up across the country in a number of states, including Oregon and Colorado, where the use of marijuana has been legalized. This week, a California couple journeyed to Oregon for their ceremony, which included a full ‘canni-bar’, complete with 13 different strains of the drug that guests could sample. The groom is a medical marijuana grower.
The couple were one of the first duo to incorporate another ‘high-light’: a smoke tent on the family farm. The bride-to-be stated, “The oldest person in the tent was an 81-year-old woman who hadn’t smoked weed since the ‘60s. She loved it.”
The New York Times reports that gift bags for the guests at the Colorado wedding included a pre-rolled joint, a lighter and cannabis-infused lip balm. The floral arrangements and the bride’s bouquet for the Oregon couple included white flowers twined with marijuana buds and leaves. The groomsmen got into the spirit, sporting boutonnieres crafted out of twine and marijuana buds.
If you do plan on having a smokin’ wedding such as this, you should let your caterer know in advance. According to the law, there cannot be bartenders and budtenders at the same event, so no alcohol will be permitted where marijuana is available.
According to Philly.com, as more states legalize both medical and recreational marijuana, the opportunity to cultivate a booming business is not just smoke and mirrors. In Florida, there is a battle raging to get medical marijuana on the 2016 ballot, and allow voters to once again proclaim, as 58 percent did in November 2014, that they are still in favor of legalizing its use for medicinal purposes in that state. United for Care announced today that they now have 73,713 validated petitions in favor of this policy, enough to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the petition. Should they receive another 609,436 validated petitions, and Supreme Court approval, the organization will be able to get the issue on the 2016 ballot. Here is a link to the petition.