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Las Vegas’ new marijuana museum features ‘Bongzilla,’ world’s largest bong

The museum celebrating all things cannabis with displays that include a glass bong taller than a giraffe and huggable faux marijuana buds is the newest tourist attraction in Las Vegas (Photo: AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.

Las Vegas’ newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.

Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos.

It’s a made-for-social-media museum where every exhibit has lights meant to ensure people take selfies worthy of the no-filter hashtag.

The facility — whose founder says has a goal of destigmatizing marijuana use — will likely land among the talking points officials and others use to try to draw gambling-resistant millennials to Sin City.

It will welcome its first visitors almost 15 months after adults in Nevada began buying recreational marijuana legally, with sales far exceeding state projections.

“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.”

People walk by the Cannabition cannabis museum in Las Vegas. (Photo: AP)

Guests will wander through 12 installations with rooms like “seed,” where people can lie down in a bed shaped like a marijuana seed, and “grow,” which features artificial plants in sizes ranging from inches to feet tall placed under bright lights to represent an indoor cannabis grow facility.

Photo ops are also available under a glow-in-the-dark tree, next to a giant marijuana leaf meant to represent an edible gummy and by a 24-foot-tall (7-meter-tall) glass bong that’s dubbed “Bongzilla” and billed as the world’s largest.

There is a space with taller-than-you faux buds representing different strains and another room with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s famous “Red Shark” Chevrolet Caprice.

This museum in Las Vegas’ downtown entertainment district is not the Smithsonian of marijuana, but it has some educational components. Guests get an introduction from museum guides and some graphics on walls explain how concentrates are made and the differences between indica and sativa cannabis strains.

Museums always evolve with the times to remain relevant, and audience engagement is an important goal for the facilities today, said Gwen Chanzit, director of museum studies in art history at the University of Denver. For those who remember very traditional, no-photography-allowed museums, she said, “that ship has sailed.”

“Once cellphones became ubiquitous, the culture of museum visiting changed,” Chanzit said.

Many of the facility’s exhibits are sponsored by cannabis companies, with their logos prominently displayed. It is common for museums to receive the support of corporations and to place their logo on a wall.

Only adults 21 and older will be allowed at Cannabition. The tour is designed to last up to an hour.

Walker, the founder, has invited reality TV stars, models and other influencers to Las Vegas for the weekend with the charge of spreading the word about the facility.

As for those who buy a ticket but their Instagram followers are only in the dozens or hundreds, Walker said, “you’re still an influencer to your friends.”

Las Vegas' newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.

Smoking From the World’s Biggest Bong Requires a Blowtorch and Stairs

To take a hit off the biggest bong in the world, someone will have to stand at the top of a staircase as a partner below lights the weed with a blowtorch and sends smoke curling through the massive pipe.

That’s the scene glassblower Jason Harris describes as he gears up to create the piece, which will be 24 feet tall and weigh at least 800 pounds. According to the artist, the bong’s bowl will be so huge that it may hold at least a quarter-pound of marijuana.

Harris, from Jerome Baker Designs, is collaborating with other glass artists on the enormous project. They will blow roughly 25 pieces of glass in Seattle during the 4/20 weekend, which they will then transport on semi-trucks to the new cannabis museum Cannabition in Las Vegas. There, the glassblowers will build them together to create the final piece.

The enormous bong requires specialty equipment both to blow the parts and put them together—including a crane.

“In the end people are gonna be able to smoke from this 24-foot bong,” Harris told Newsweek with a laugh. The smoker’s mission, should he or she choose to accept it, will be to inhale and exhale until the clouded pipe is completely cleared. Harris called it “the bong hit challenge.”

Smoking will occur at private events, though the bong will be on display at other times. Cannabition, which is set to open July 1, says on its website that smoking or buying cannabis on-site is not included with standard admission.

People also have to be 21 or older to visit the new museum and view the mighty bong. Tickets are going on sale starting on 4/20, with the prices starting at $4.20.

Even though it will arrive at the museum in parts, the big bong will be built to “hide the connections from the eye,” Harris said. He described it as being a classic design of a shaft and a bubble, but one of its key design elements will be its color—the glassblowers are mixing in uranium so that it will glow bright green. “When you shine black lights on this thing, it’s gonna light up like there’s no tomorrow.”

Although the uranium’s radioactivity would register on the sensitive Geiger counter, glass made with uranium does not emit much radiation.

Harris referred to the bong as “a giant metaphor.”

“I’ve been arrested for making water pipes before and now we’re making the biggest water pipe,” he said.

The glassblower added that social views on marijuana and paraphernalia are a challenge when it comes to finding people to sign onto a project like this. “There’s still a scare factor.”

To his point about the stigma surrounding his field, Cannabition previously had a Kickstarter in place to support the giant bong, but the website suspended the fundraiser earlier this month.

Vancouver-based cannabis company Weekend Unlimited, where Harris is listed as a consultant, financed the project.

“If I was in there making the biggest fine wine glass in the world” instead of a huge bong, Harris said, he would have people “applauding me.” Instead, “my artwork represents something different.”

The 24-foot pipe will glow under black light.