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The first “interactive marijuana museum’ opens in Las Vegas

Billing itself as the world’s first interactive cannabis museum. Cannabination Cannabis Museum opened this Thursday in Las Vegas. Designed for entertainment as much as education, and with the intention of tackling cannabis stigma, the museum has twelve interactive installations

The highlight of the museum may be the world’s biggest bong, called ‘Bongzilla,’ which is a gigantic 24 feet tall functional bong. Patrons won’t be able to use the bong, however, or light up anywhere else in the museum. Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Nevada for fifteen months, public consumption is still banned.

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Other interactive elements of the museum include gigantic, huggable faux marijuana buds representing different strains, and a pool full of foam weed nuggets.

“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,” founder J.J. Walker told The Associated Press. “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.”

Anita Thompson and the Red Shark, Hunter S. Thompson’s 1973 Chevrolet Caprice, outside of Cannabition / Photo Courtesy of Cannabition

The museum also has a bed shaped like a marijuana seed, reproduction marijuana grow facility, and journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s famous “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice. Thompson wrote ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“I continue Hunter’s work by bringing awareness of marijuana laws that target minorities and destroy families all over this country for possession of this plant. The ‘Red Shark’ is a symbol of our journey together as active citizens to stop putting responsible smokers in jail. Cannabition is also doing this work in a way that is fun and informative for guests,” said Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, who donated the car to the museum.

The museum is only open to those 21 and over.

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