This Wedding Trend is Illegal in 48 States

Holy smokes! The New York Times reports that cannabis-themed weddings are the latest craze on the West Coast. (The sale of marijuana for recreational use is now legal in Colorado and Washington State.)

"Weedings," or weed weddings, incorporate the drug in everything from floral arrangements to favors and edible desserts to joint bars. There are even "budtenders" at dispensaries who will advise newlyweds on which strain they should choose. (Bec Koop of Buds and Blossoms says that "If there are two conflicting families who are not too happy about the wedding, you might want to find a strain that will make them a bit more euphoric.")

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According to proponents, including pot-centric details is no different than newlyweds sharing other pastimes or hobbies that they love with their guests. We're guessing that even a Harry Potter, zombies or some other wacky wedding theme isn't as likely to make Grandma blush or your boss squirm in their seat, though. However, advocates argue just the opposite: Unlike alcohol, marijuana is perfect for weddings because it mellows everyone out and fosters positive emotion.

Dale Dyke, the co-owner of Get High Getaways, a bed-and-breakfast in Denver, hosted a "weeding" where "everyone was blazing the entire time." He remarked that the love and connection was palpable: "Every single person cried." But others question whether getting stoned is truly necessary during what will already be the biggest high of your life.

No matter what side of the debate you're on, there are some obvious logistics that go into smoking at a wedding. The effects of ingesting pot-infused food can take more than six hours to wear off, so staying overnight in a nearby hotel is mandatory. Everything needs to be labeled properly and guests have to show ID so that servers can determine whether they're of legal age. Also, having a joint bar or distributing tokes as favors poses the risk that guests will be so busy getting high that no one will be on the dance floor.

Tell us: What are your thoughts on this controversial wedding trend? 

—Stefania Sainato


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