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So you wanna have cannabis wedding?
Earlier this year, I attended the Cannabis Wedding Expo in Denver, Colorado. This event was the first of its kind and showcased the diverse facets of the increasingly popular cannabis wedding industry. When some folks first hear of cannabis weddings, they gasp in horror at the idea of their conservative relatives being exposed to such "illicit" activity. Others, however, see it as a welcome addition to the pervasive trend of alcohol consumption.
One reaction we haven't heard is what a huge impact this seemingly novel concept can have on the political landscape. While I was at the event, I spoke with industry expert Lauren Gibbs, owner of Rise Above Social Strategies and the brains behind the social media for Women Grow and Willie's Reserve. She explained:
"Because a lot of people attending your wedding may not be exposed to cannabis on any other occasion, this is an opportunity to change their minds, and that could result in them changing their vote if cannabis legalization is on the ballot in their home state."
Gibbs is planning a cannabis-inclusive wedding later this year. She said, "This may be the first time most of your guests will be exposed to open cannabis consumption in a normalized setting. So that means that you have a responsibility to do it right. Doing it right doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money, but it is important to educate people on how to consume responsibly."
How can you host a cannabis wedding responsibly, and in ways that are within your comfort level? Here are some ideas and tips I encountered at the Expo. The suggestions range from discreet and subtle to proudly extravagant, because as Gibbs pointed out, "You don't have to smoke a bowl with your vows to have a cannabis wedding."