It was probably inevitable, especially on the cannabis-loving West Coast.
A Christian church has been turned into a marijuana dispensary.
The quaint building that used to house Shawnigan United Church on Vancouver Island has now been “re-christened” the Green Tree Medicinal Dispensary.
There is symbolic power in the transformation. And, depending on your tastes, the metaphorical shift is positive or negative.
The anti-religious might cheer that a church, which many stereotype as a bastion of supernaturalism and conservative social morality, has finally joined the live-and-let-live West Coast zeitgest.
Others might lament how a sanctuary where people once talked of support for the common good and transcendent values now represents tuned-out hedonists.
Or maybe there is a more in-between way to see it.