The ribbon ‘torching’ of the newest attraction in Las Vegas was held on August 30, marking a sneak peek at the world’s first cannabis-themed museum, Cannabition. Hosted by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the inaugural ceremony attracted many cannabis enthusiasts, media outlets, and several pro-cannabis politicians such as Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear and Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom. And yes, the ceremonial ribbon was actually replaced with hemp rope, and a torch was used to burn it in half.
Even before stepping foot inside the museum, you’re met with a beautiful, 170-foot-long, cannabis-inspired graffiti mural featuring marijuana advocates like Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Inside this Instagramable and immersive 9,000-square-foot space, you’ll find yourself following the cannabis plant’s life cycle from seed to high. 12 exhibit rooms bring you along an educational and experiential tour that allows you to interact with almost the entirety of the museum. Not only will you learn the uses, history, and environmental benefits of cannabis, you’ll also discover how it’s grown, harvested and used for the things like oils and edibles!
When curator and founder JJ Walker decided to bring this museum together, he wanted a “larger-than-life experience with large installations.” When the doors officially open on September 20, guests will be able to walk through a giant cannabis nug forest, slide into a marijuana nug pit, and see what’s being billed as the world’s largest bong. Created by Jerome Baker Designs, “Bongzilla”is a 24-foot, fully-functional glow-in-the-dark bong.
My favorite installation, however, is legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s personal 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible. For those of you not familiar, the Red Shark,as it was called by Hunter, is also the car used in 1998 film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
On September 20, the Cannabition museum will open at 4:20 p.m. and close at midnight. Admission is $24.20 for visitors and $14.20 for Nevada residents. VIP packages are even available for $42. The museum also boasts a full bar, a retail shop and a variety of other informative exhibits.