While most people think of gambling and alcohol when they imagine a trip to Las Vegas, Visitors to Las Vegas will have more than just the booze, bars and debauchery to look forward when hitting up Sin City for a weekend of fun. The city opened an immersive, 9,000-square-foot cannabis museum right in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district, where people over the age of 21 can come learn about marijuana while enjoying larger-than-life art pieces from giant buds to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s very own 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible.
Founder and CEO, J.J. Walker, is the man behind Cannabition, a one-of-a-kind marijuana museum with more than 20 different exhibits, a full bar and a retail shop. It’s is less of a historical look at cannabis and more of an entertainment and experiential attraction that offers a combination of education, celebration and fun for those who are already down for weed as well as those who are just curious.
“Our goal when people come out of this is that they don’t fear the cannabis industry if they are not believers in the industry,” Walker shared. “Cannabition is not about just serving people that like marijuana, it’s about serving the masses that want to learn about cannabis and or just have fun and go do a cool art experience.”
Inside, visitors will be able to learn about some of the basics of cannabis like the difference between sativa and indica, how terpenes influence your experience, various consumption methods from vaping to eating edibles and even the difference between various extraction methods when it comes to making cannabis concentrates. They’ll also to be able to bask in the highly-intentional aesthetics and take loads of pics in a bed shaped like a cannabis seed, next to the massive gummy bear edible or a hand holding a giant joint.
The museum emerges just a little over a year after the legalization of adult-use cannabis in the state for both residents and tourists. Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom who was one of the legislators that really pushed to make cannabis legal said that “the entire experience of legalizing marijuana has been more successful than we ever thought it would be. This museum, this idea of crafting an experience around cannabis takes everything to the next level.”
Of course, there is no cannabis being sold at the museum and no consumption on site for the time being. The museum is a work in progress with plans to offer free shuttle rides to local dispensaries in the area, a head shop and even a social lounge where visitors will be able to smoke, vape and eat edibles once licenses for public consumption licenses approved in the state.
The pièce de résistance comes at the end of the museum with the grand reveal of a custom-made, glow in the dark 24-foot tall bong better known as “Bongzilla.”Though it’s not actually in use, it is fully-functional and would require 100 gallons of water, a literal blowtorch in order to light it and an elevator ride just to get to the mouthpiece that’s about two stories high. The massive glass piece was designed and built by Jerome Baker Designs and is considered the world’s largest bong.
Though it seems like it’s all fun and games in the name of social media snapshots, the mission of the museum is to destigmatize the use of cannabis. Its secret weapon may be its absolute whimsy but behind the quaint, cute and charming props, people are given an opportunity to normalize cannabis — in all of its versatile glory — by treating it just like any other subject in an exhibit.
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