The 30,000-square-foot space features a winding, walk-through, chronological series of seven separate exhibitions tracing the history of marijuana. The journey starts with the “pre-Prohibition” use of hemp in items ranging from a samurai warrior outfit to an early American flag, through the roaring ‘20s (“Age of Madness”), the psychedelic ‘60s (“Counterculture Revolution”), the ‘80s Reagan-inspired War on Drugs (“Behind Closed Doors,” “Entrapment”), the fight to free those unlawfully imprisoned (“Dose of Compassion”) and “Legalization.” You half expect to enter a bumper car in the shape of a vintage VW van (a model of which adorns a trippy, psychedelic, “Instagrammable” tribute to the ‘60s) with the dulcet strains of “It’s a Stoned World After All” chiming in the background.
“It’s kind of like a dream, isn’t it? This can’t be real,” marvels legendary stoner Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame at the entrance to this paean to the sacred herb, the brainchild of Weedmaps, the app which is best described as the Yelp of cannabis. “We made it through and we’re still here. I’m very optimistic about the future. I’ve become very spiritual in my old age. The passage in the Bible says there is no beginning and there was no end… forever is forever. Anything that can happen will happen and we will always be part of everything.”
And if that’s not a philosophy borne of a few bong hits…
Published: August 02, 2019
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News