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Weed-themed wedding chapel opens in Las Vegas

Posted at 6:53 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 22:23:17-04

The first weed-themed wedding chapel in Las Vegas opened its doors Wednesday on the marijuana-themed holiday 420.  It’s called The Cannabis Chapel, and you can find it on the corner of Las Vegas and Charleston boulevards.

13 Action News was there for the first wedding ceremony and spoke to the newlyweds. The bride’s bouquet was made out of fake buds, and so was the groom’s boutonniere. Forget the wedding bells, brides at this chapel walk down the aisle to the tune of Bob Marley.

Mr. and Mrs. Rice traveled all the way from Phoenix, Arizona to be the first couple married at The Cannabis Chapel. They wanted to make a political statement about the importance of decriminalizing weed nationwide.

"My fiance has great problems with her sciatica, and it's something that alleviates the pain without having to go on major pain medication,” Mr. Rice told 13 Action News.

The chapel is decorated with silk plants that look like marijuana leaves. What happens before the wedding is up to the couple, but there's no weed consumed during the ceremony.

The minister who officiates the weddings is ordained by the Higher Power Cannabis Church.

The ceremony costs about $100, but the Rices say the experience is priceless.

"It's going to make us better as a couple," says Mr. Rice.

The reception of these ceremonies aren’t at the closest banquet hall, they’re at the nearest local dispensary.