THETFORD TOWNSHIP, MI — A Michigan couple smoked their wedding cake after tying the knot Tuesday afternoon at a Genesee County dispensary.
Julie and Jeff Thompson, of Flint, never planned a large wedding.
The couple originally thought they would to get married in the court house but, with the COVID-19 pandemic, they “procrastinated” on the marriage, Jeff Thompson said.
It eventually dawned on them they could hold a very small ceremony at their favorite place — Freddie’s, a marijuana dispensary off North Dort Highway in Thetford Township.
“Freddie’s is really one of the friendliest places, so it just seemed fitting,” Jeff Thompson, 58, said. “Why not? It’s 2020. I mean with everything crazy that’s happened this year, why not try something different too?”
The couple have known each other for almost four years.
After discovering Freddie’s shortly after the business started selling recreational marijuana in April, the now-married couple said they became regulars, heading to Freddie’s approximately every two days.
The workers at Freddie’s became family, they said.
“We wanted to get some good over the bad out of all of this,” Jeff Thompson said.
Two witnesses for the wedding were Kris and Jerry Chevalier, Julie’s aunt and uncle.
As a wedding gift, Freddie’s co-owner Barry Goodman tracked down a “wedding cake” strain of marijuana for the Thompsons. He also brought regular cake.
Goodman walked Julie Thompson down the makeshift aisle in the dispensary.
“I think this is the first of wedding in a dispensary in Michigan,” Goodman said. “We’re very excited about this. We’re honored Jeff and Julie have chosen to become one here.”
Collin James, a budtender at Freddie’s, officiated the wedding.
James, 21, said he’s officiated two other weddings since getting ordained two years ago, but this was