Love at First Sight

In Michigan, many are feeling happy for the warmth of the season’s change. Spring is in the air and 4/20 (known by some as an international stoner day of sorts) draws near, with all the typical chatter about local deals & events. What’s not typical this year is that a wedding will take place at the Sweet Leaf medical marijuana provisioning center in Flint. Arnie Craft will officiate the ceremony at 2:00 pm on Monday, 4/20/15. He said he has not performed a wedding service on 4/20 yet, but did once conduct one where they smoked marijuana up until the vows (and inevitably after). Arnie says they are still happily married.The first question almost every couple gets is “Where did you meet?”, and Sara giggles while answering – an online dating site. I shared a laugh with her for a moment since many years ago I met my wife via an online dating site as well. Online dating and marijuana share something of a stigma, yet both are becoming normalized and are being viewed more positively. A study from last year indicates that online dating has lost much of its bad reputation and a majority of Americans now say that online dating is a good way to meet people, which hasn’t always been the case.Consider that 42% of all Americans know an online dater, and 29% know someone who has used online dating to find a spouse or other long-term relationship.

Now let’s imagine what percent of people know a marijuana user? Marijuana users are simply normal people that use a more natural, safer alternative to alcohol or pharmaceutical drugs. The tides are turning and stigmas are fizzling out.

About seven-in-ten (69%) of Americans believe alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health than marijuana, while 15% pick marijuana as worse (14% say they can’t decide). If marijuana became as widely available as alcohol, 63% still believe alcohol would be more harmful to society.

Both bride and groom are medical marijuana patients here in the state of Michigan. Shane has rods and pins in his back, yet no longer needs Vicodin for the pain, and Sara was able to cut out pharmaceutical drugs for chronic pain and anxiety. She credits marijuana with letting her enjoy her life without experiencing constant feelings of doom. After months of saving, they finally had plans to take off for Las Vegas to get married, which they mentioned while at The Sweet Leaf, when a better plan began forming. Why not have the wedding at The Sweet Leaf? Then, Medie Edie offered to donate a medicated wedding cake to the couple. The Sweetleaf made sure it would be a memorable honeymoon as well when they booked a jacuzzi hotel room for two nights with dinner and a horse carriage ride in Frankenmuth. During the interview Sarah gushed, “I’m so excited and I’m so happy to be a part of this MJ community! Everyone treats me like family.”

Some people in the MJ community consider 4/20 a day of activism, and some feel it’s a holiday. Now, for Shane and Sara, it’s the first day of their married life together. Love at first sight happened on November 26th, 2011, when Shane and Sara met. Now they know it’s time they tie the knot, and you are invited! Stop by The Sweet Leaf and be part of a very special day and memorable experience for everyone. Hybrid staff will be there, so stay tuned for more pictures of this happy couple.



Photo Credit: Rick Thompson

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