Last month while working my way through the dozen plus cannabis newsletters, emails, event notices, etc. I receive each day, I noticed an blurb about an upcoming pop-up museum in Hollywood. A Museum of Weed produced by Weedmaps. Interesting… Would it be educational? Networking opportunity? Party atmosphere? Tickets were reasonably priced and I had an idea, to combine a quick visit to the museum before or after seeing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Arclight Theater. Tickets were purchased all around with expectations high for the movie and low-to-non-existent for the museum.
Expectations = Bad. Like ASSumptions. I wanted Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to be another Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. It was not. In the days since the movie I have come to appreciate it for what it is and the stunning visuals but I was not happy as we exited the theater. Tired and grumpy (which BTW is the perpetual state of being an entrepreneur) we walked the mile down Vine to the museum. Every single time I walk in LA I ask myself WHY do I do this?!?! Just not a walking city…
Walking up to the pre-entrance security was one of those LA experiences that have made me claim SoCal as home. I chatted with the super friendly, super professional security staff. We talked tattoos and sunny LA weather. I entered the museum and was told I’d receive a text when it was time to go in. Text received moments later and off I went! The museum was organized into seven sections exploring cannabis history (Pre-Prohibition, Age of Madness, Counterculture Revolution, Behind Closed Doors, Entrapment, Dose of Compassion & Legalization) ending in the Plant Lab, a space with interactive, all-about-the-plant exhibits. After exiting the exhibit hall we wandered through the very tasteful gift shop and although the upcoming VIP event later that night kept us from sampling any of the bar or cafe offerings, we were impressed by the knowledgeable staff, spacious new building and vegan friendly food and beverage options.
The ticketed, staggered entry ensured that I had as much time and space as I needed to enjoy the exhibits and take pictures. Staff members mentioned that the afternoon hours were quieter than evening hours; hours which were reserved on Saturday nights for a VIP experience. As myself and my guest moved through the space we were learning, laughing, remembering the 80’s and 90’s and talking about how fabulous the museum was. Would a third generation cultivator or 20 year dispensary owner be as delighted as we were? Probably not, but I don’t think that’s the point. It’s a colorful, entertaining and engaging way to educate people about and normalize cannabis.
This Saturday afternoon visit to the Museum of Weed significantly improved my mood. Anything that brings cannabis history and education to cannabis consumers, the canna-curious and even prohibitionists in a comfortable, fun and centrally located setting is another positive step towards moving cannabis back into mainstream culture. I also enjoyed the opportunity to attend a “weed” event and take pictures for the blog without having to network!
Note - This is a non-consumption event and space. Cannabis and cannabis products are not for sale nor are they allowed inside the Museum.