With the Golden State on the cusp of legalizing recreational pot, a new exhibition aims to spark conversation about the drugs past, present and future
Nancy Reagan looks you straight in the eye, disapproving, and reminds you to Just say no! An awkward Richard M Nixon promises via historic video that he will continue to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana. Bill Clinton flashes on the gallery wall, insisting: I didnt inhale.
By the time Barack Obama shrugs When I was a kid, I inhaled it frequently its obvious youre in an altered state. Not the chemical kind, but rather the Oakland Museum of Californias new exhibit exploring marijuanas long, strange, trip through California.
Billed as the first full-blown museum exhibit in the US featuring what some decry as devil weed and others applaud as a miracle drug, Altered State: Marijuana in California could not be more timely. In February, Governor Jerry Brown named the states first medical marijuana czar, just four months after signing a package of laws regulating medicinal pot.
More than 20 measures to legalize recreational marijuana have been jostling to get onto the November ballot in the Golden State, including the frontrunner bankrolled by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and endorsed by lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom.