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Marijuana Wedding Bars Are a Thing Now — Here’s What They’re All About

No, it’s not your imagination — marijuana’s time has clearly come. Whether it’s grandma’s special brownies for pain in her bad hip or a group of adult friends gathering around for a friendly toke, cannabis culture is practically becoming mainstream, one city and one state at a time.

Cannabis culture is cool today and always will be because it brings people together in a unique way. We’ve all been to a wedding or two where the open bar was a little too open, and our aunties started questioning their entire lives all at once. To any aliens watching us from the shadows of nearby planets, alcohol-fueled weddings are incredibly uncivilized.

So let’s look at the newest trend in wedding and cannabis culture as it continues to crush regulatory barriers and stereotypes all across this country of ours.

What — and Where — Are Marijuana Wedding Bars?

If you think you might be into this sort of thing, step one is to legalize recreational marijuana in your state.

Oh. You’re not registered to vote? Then you’re already falling behind.

If you live in, or intend to move to, a state where you can buy weed legally without a doctor’s recommendation, you’re on your way to a great wedding party. Right now, there are only eight states in the U.S. where this is the case, but state assemblies everywhere are beginning to stir themselves to action in light of the recent flurry of advocacy.

The next step in planning your wedding is realizing that not everybody is going to be open to this sort of thing. You really need to preemptively read the room and come to a conclusion about how big a feature your pot bar is going to be:

  • Pot bars: This is the basic setup and probably what you’ve been picturing this whole time. It’s just like the cocktail bar you took part in during your last wedding. It’s typically a little off to the side, but if you’re serving a mixed crowd of pot enthusiasts and folks who are sticklers for tradition, this might be too close for comfort.
  • Pot tents: If you want to offer everybody a great time and have it remain comfortably separate — but also not too distant — from the rest of the wedding party, a tent is a great option. It can be as large or as small as you want, with tables and chairs inside to sit comfortably. You could also opt for some beanbag chairs and body pillows.

Some couples go all-out with a cannabis-themed wedding, including decorations and wedding favors. Others favor a more understated designated use area for partaking instead and keeping the smoke contained.

No matter which one you choose, the general procedure should be familiar — except instead of a bartender pouring drinks, you’ll have a “budtender” who can recommend marijuana strains and products of various potency depending on your experience level and desired effect.

Some Tips for Getting a Marijuana Wedding Bar

Remember that this is still a very small cottage industry, but depending on your area, you might find some marijuana wedding bar caterers who are already beginning to specialize.

You might be able to find some artisans out there who make baked goods, candies or world-class chocolates, truffles and more. Edibles are just plain fun — and they’re friendlier for an older crowd than smoking.

Provided you practice extreme care with your labeling, you can even work with your planner or dispensary to give your guests a little something to take with them when they head back to their homes or hotel rooms.

Remember to practice good judgment and err on the side of caution, legally speaking. No matter what provider you end up going with, the next step is to pick a venue that’s privately owned and whose owners have already provided written consent.

For your peace of mind, it’s best to work with a cannabis-friendly wedding planner or a dispensary in your area that can guide you through the local recreation laws. You’ll need to come up with a plan — and a venue — that are appropriate for your vision of a perfect cannabis-friendly or cannabis-centric wedding party. Controlled substances are still a real thing as far as insurance policies, permits and liability are concerned.

There’s something else here that’s fascinating and could go even further in persuading you that a marijuana bar is exactly what your wedding needs. According to Bloomberg, forgoing the open alcohol bar in favor of a marijuana bar stands a good chance of saving you money. That’s on top of providing a unique, eye-opening and in some cases even spiritual experience for your guests and a lifetime of pleasant memories for yourself and your new partner.

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19 thoughts on “Marijuana Wedding Bars Are a Thing Now — Here’s What They’re All About

  1. “Edibles are just plain fun — and they’re friendlier for an older crowd than smoking.”

    In the experience of some people I know this is a bit inaccurate. One half-cookie might get where you need to be and a different half-cookie will convince you that you are going to be the first person to OD on weed. And I’ve heard reports that there is variation sometimes even within the same edible, if perhaps the person doing the mixing wasn’t thorough enough.

    With all of that said, yes, they are a great option for people that don’t like to smoke and…I am told…the buzz is a bit different and more enjoyable for some people.

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    • From what I’ve heard, the biggest risk with edibles is often among people used to smoking, where the effects are felt within a few minutes. They’ll eat the one cookie their friend recommended to start with, wait 20 or 30 minutes, conclude the cookies are really weak, eat the other five, wait another 20 minutes, conclude the cookies are bunk, smoke a bowl – and then start feeling the first cookie.

      This is also a risk if you’re Maureen Dowd, apparently

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  2. This is one of those things where I am sure that living in Colorado Springs skews me.

    Every job I’ve ever had has made me pee in a cup. Way back in 1994? When I worked for the restaurant? I had to pee in a cup. (Blockbuster made me take a *HAIR* test!)

    I think it’s because every company in town either has (or wants to have) a contract with one of the 4.5 military bases that has fingers in every pie *OR* has a contract with something adjacent to CDOT (we have a friend who explained to us that if you get a Medicinal Card, you go into a database and it’s basis for termination from CDOT). Way back when, after weed got legalized, I called a bunch of corporations to ask about their drug policies following Amendment 64 passing and, lemme tell ya, I couldn’t get *ANYBODY* on the record. (Well, I got to one military contractor company who told me that marijuana remained illegal on the federal level and testing positive for marijuana was a terminable offense.)

    So seeing something about marijuana bars makes me say “huh… I guess too many people are making it past early HR screening and making it tougher for corporate to say they need H1B visas… So corporate is instituting marijuana bars at weddings.”

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    • I’m a college professor and there’s a clause in our contracts here that we could be made to pee in a cup. I’ve never heard of anyone being tested, but I suppose it’s one of those things that allows them to cover their butt if someone shows up to teach regularly stoned out of their head, they can test them and then non-renew or whatever.

      I dunno. I know a couple people who tried edibles and had not-so-good experiences, and I have so many weird allergies, medication sensitivities, and just generally a weird brain that I am pretty sure I’d not enjoy the sensation, so….

      (Confession: I find some aspects of “pot culture,” like some aspects of “heavy drinking/party culture,” somewhat tiresome, but I know I’m a wet-blanket stick-in-the-mud.)

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      • If stories that I overheard way back in the early 90’s are any use…

        You know the thing where you watch a movie like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and you sit there and you explain how each one of the “bad” children represents a particular flavor of mortal sin and, through confession and repentance, Charlie reconciles himself to God and gains His favor? Even ascends to heaven at the end in the glass elevator?

        Well, from the stories I’ve heard, marijuana just lets you watch the movie at the object level. It’s about Willy Wonka. And Charlie. And the Chocolate Factory.

        Or, you know, Quantum Leap.

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        • Are you talking about the 1970s movie (with Gene Wilder) or the 2001 one with Johnny Depp? (I could never sit through more than a few minutes of the 2001 one).

          Because if it’s the 1970s one, I can appreciate it both as potential allegory (though I don’t think Dahl meant that in his book) and as an entertaining story at the same time, and that stone-cold sober.

          I do admit there are some entertainment experiences that might be appreciated better in an altered state, but, eh.

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          • Had to do several for my employer, first annually as a contractor, and then when I signed up full time.

            I think part of it boiled down to the fact that there were a lot of lab and plant operations going on, and they didn’t bother to distinguish contract workers who drove forklifts from contract workers who do math. Fair in one sense, deeply annoying in another.

            I generally find drug testing extremely offensive and intrusive.

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            • This is crazy to me because I don’t know that I’ve ever had to *NOT* take a drug test since 12th grade. (The toy store in the mall, I think, was the last one that didn’t. I was 16.)

              Since then, I’ve either had jobs that made me take a drug test or sign something that said that they could make me take a drug test whenever management said so (and declining to do so was terminable).

              It’s like going to Michigan and seeing that they sell bottles of wine right there next to the meat cooler.

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        • Happily, OSHA changed some rules last year. Employees can no longer be tested for injuries. Accidents, yes. My HR lady explained it to me like this:

          – Employee wrecks a forklift – drug test
          – Employee strains back lifting heavy box – no drug test
          – Employee falls down flight of stairs and breaks arm – only drug test if you suspect they are under the influence at that time

          So…don’t come to work high and don’t drive heavy equipment and life just got a littler easier.

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      • I really prefer edibles myself. I like that it comes up slowly, so I have time to adjust to the effects, compared to smoking, which comes on so fast I find it can be overwhelming. Also I find it easier to manage my dose – I know what 1, 2, 3 mL of my current batch of tincture does, and it’s easy to repeat exactly that much.

        I also don’t want to get back in the habit of smoking anything, lest it undermine my having quit tobacco.

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  3. Edibles are just plain fun — and they’re friendlier for an older crowd than smoking.

    Edibles may well be the only option. In Colorado, for example, marijuana falls under all the anti-smoking restrictions applied to tobacco. If the venue is designated “Smoke Free” — as the vast majority are these days — then smoking marijuana is not allowed at all. Stepping off-premises to light up runs its own risks because the “open container” laws for alcohol have been extended to cover marijuana consumption. Three-quarters of the state is having a drought this year so there are extensive areas where outdoor smoking has been banned.

    Given the states that have legalized recreational use, I suspect the anti-smoking laws will be a major hurdle in most of them.

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    • I was recently at an outdoor concert in non-legal Ohio and could not believe how much weed was in the air once it got dark out (and I’ve been to more Phish shows that I would care to admit). I get that even in non-legal states, usage has become much more common and cops are starting to look the other way a lot, but I was also struck by house much easier it would be in that situation to just eat part of an edible before the show.

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