A Look Inside Denver’s International Church Of Cannabis

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As the congregations continue to get smaller, one church is growing at an alarming rate. Denver, Colorado is home to the International Church of Cannabis.

The church began organically of course, with a few friends hanging out and smoking joints in Colorado, where recreational use of cannabis is perfectly legal. The International Church of Cannabis opened its doors with its own chapel, theology, and video game arcade. From the outside, all seems almost normal. The church has red-brick towers and blocky turrets. It is, for all intents and purposes, a classic city church in an otherwise leafy suburb of Denver. But there are a few giveaways that this might not be the typical church one would expect. The three front doors and arched window facade have been spray-painted with silver galaxies and bright, happy-face planets.

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The original plan was to open the church to the general public, but because Colorado’s current pot law only allows smoking in private clubs, it is, for now at least, a members-only affair. The church now has more than 1,400 members on their list. They open the doors from Thursday to Sunday for smoke-free public viewing, with private cannabis services held on Friday nights.

And it all began with a group of friends smoking a joint together. Steve Berke, a graduate of Yale University, was temporarily living in an old church in Denver, Colorado. His estate agent parents had bought the 113-year-old church building with plans to turn it into flats. He and his friend Lee Molloy, had just moved from Miami to capitalize on Colorado’s lucrative marijuana market. But in the words of Lee, “We started having these stupid, fantastical conversations. What if we kept it as a church?”

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Lee Molloy (above) smokes cannabis on the church’s main stage.

Berke talked his parents into giving him the old church and the International Church of Cannabis was effectively born. And if you thought the inside resembled a traditional church at all, think again. The walls and ceiling are colorfully adorned with bright and imaginative artwork that anyone could appreciate.

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Every single surface has been painted in vibrant patterns of red, blue and green, geometric prisms with mythological creatures, stars and eyes hidden within. At the back wall, two dream-like Dali-esque giants sit cross-legged as if lost in meditation. “It feels like a hallucination,” someone says beside me, eyes careening upwards. It’s like being swallowed by a Pink Floyd album cover. Perhaps most impressive of all is that it was created spontaneously without a sketch or a plan.  –The Guardian

The services encourage patrons to get to know each other and enjoy the company of new friends. The International Church of Cannabis is uniting people, rather than the division we are normally bombarded with. Even if you don’t smoke, the art and hang out room set this church apart.

Come for the weed, stay for the company and the art.

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  • lee ho fook

    can someone tell me WHAT this obsession with drugs is all about? I’m so sick of hearing about it non-stop. What is wrong with so many people that they need to be drugged all the time? Society does not need citizens like this – they contribute nothing — they are a plight on others – drugs, alcohol do nothing for the betterment of a person. Why don’t you losers DO something good with you life – instead of depending on feeling high–you have no purpose on this planet, other than to destroy others.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Shows how nothing you know. . .

      • lee ho fook

        shows how freaking weak and pathetic the majority is –shows what a loser you are to defend this loser script. Thank God our elders weren’t cowardly weaklings.. Know what? During the depression people were lucky to have jobs & did what they had to to take care of their families. That’s long gone now…weaklings/cowards all over the place…no excuse

        • Jeri Brace

          quit your whining and roll a doobie, lol.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Too childish to quit whining; too stupid to roll a doobie.

          • lee ho fook

            I’m too busy using what God gave me–mining my inner treasures

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          Shows what a mindless drooling baboon you are to expound on a subject you know fuck-all about.
          In other words, you’re a weak-minded and -willed coward.

          Know what? People have been using Cannabis for at least 5,000 years – including during the depression.

          • lee ho fook

            well, keep on smokin’ dat weed, drugger –wonder how dead your brain is at this point? Wonder how creative you are? Written a thesis lately? Painted beautiful pictures? Contributed anything of worth to the community? Who’s the baboon here…sorry I hit a nerve there…go listen to some head music, you’ll feel better about being a total waste in life!

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            How dead? IQ 140 +/-5.
            I contribute worth to the community every day I go to work – if it wasn’t for guys like me, there’d be no food in the stores.
            I’ll let you know how creative, when I finish building the alternative power supply for battery-operated devices that I’m working on.

            Not much of a painter – but then, I’m a scientist, not an artist.

            You’re still the baboon – don’t worry, your legacy is secure.

          • lee ho fook

            LOL!!!!!

      • lee ho fook

        gee, YOU must know an awful lot about life and beyond, Rev.. spent your life sitting there saying “yeah man” eating those beautifully colored M&Ms, pontificating in a slurred voice on the beauty of candies… that’s mah man

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          If a guy pays attention, he can learn an awful lot about life in a bit over a half-century.
          Spent over half of that time as a licensed professional – and am now one of the best in my field, thanks for asking.

          Again, you’re spewing nonsense about things that you haven’t got the slightest clue about.
          Maybe you should give us a lecture on the intricacies of brain surgery next.

          • lee ho fook

            and the moon’s made of green cheese…. have a few more tokes, Rev

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