While in Colorado for Crush, the Sold Mag fam made a pilgrimage to the International Church of Cannabis, to pay respects to the high holiness. We were warmly greeted by the church's co-founder Steve Berke, who was kind enough to sit down with us and speak about not only the church's mission but the artwork that it embodies......
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Designed by shooting star artist Okuda, the 113 year old chapel's interior has been restored, and glows under kaleidoscopic colors and shapes. A mix of abstract geometrics and meticulously shaded characters, the beautiful ceiling gives Michelangelo's Sistine a run for it's money.
The International Church of Cannabis opened in Denver as a safe space for people of diverse backgrounds, so that they could feel comfortable celebrating their spirituality. Practitioners of the church's official religion call themselves elevationists, and take marijuana as a spiritual sacrament. The church is no stranger to stoner jokes, but the members take their role seriously. In the words of the church;
"Our lifestance is that when we ritually take cannabis our minds are elevated and we become a better version of ourself. And, to the Elevationist, the cannabis flower is a gift from the universal creative force."
Upon visiting the church, the Sold squad was given an exclusive tour. We were allowed access to the roof for a first hand view of the church's Kenny Scharf windows, as well as a behind the scenes look at the balcony, where we saw the tub, traditionally used for baptisms.
The International Church of Cannabis is open Thursday through Sunday, 1-3pm, and welcomes anyone who seeks a place for quiet contemplation and an elevated mindset.