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Oregon Wedding Features Marijuana Bar, Budtender

Jacob Redmond

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The legalization of pot in Oregon has couples considering a weed bar at their wedding,

"We were shocked by how much people loved it," said groom John Elledge of his recent reception. "I'm still getting a couple of texts a day from guests who enjoyed the weed tent."

Elledge married Whitney Alexander this summer on a West Linn Christmas tree farm.

"On private property where no liquor license is involved, it is legal," explained Mark Pettinger with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

However, he added, if a caterer with a liquor license is at an event, they can't legally serve alcohol if marijuana is also being served to guests. "Caterers should be aware they cannot be bartenders and budtenders."

"We made sure we were legal," said Elledge,"We know the limit is eight ounces so we had small amounts of 13 varieties with a budtender controlling consumption."

The couple had a wedding planner from Lake Oswego's Bridal Bliss.

"This was our first request for a weed bar," said owner Nora Sheils, "We made sure everyone was safe and provided transportation. The couple provided the product and hired the budtender for the tent."

Elledge who describes himself as a professional marijuana grower seems pleased to be a pioneer,

"Even an 81-year-old-woman who hadn't smoked weed since the '60's came into the tent at our wedding, though skeptical at first she ended up loving it," Elledge said.

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