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April 20, 2017

Speaking to Colorado Public Radio, Iliff Professor Jeffrey Mahan offers his insights on the Church of Cannabis which opens today (4/20). Listen to the CPR story here.

For other traditions, “drugs have been a way to bring about that altered state to open one’s self to the spirit.” Mahan points to peyote use by Native Americans and even churches in the 1960s that used psychedelic drugs like LSD. These days there’s a spiritual hunger that Mahan believes is driven partly by the digital age. He said that makes religious identities, like at Denver’s new cannabis church, more fluid.

“What we see is people taking on religion as more personal projects, and new religious movements,” he said. “And I think you have to think about this as that kind of religious experimentation”.

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