Oakland Museum of California to host first Marijuana exhibition



2015-10-05 10:25:43

A landmark exhibition dealing with the issue of marijuana will open at the Oakland Museum of California next year.

Altered State: Marijuana in California will explore the historical, social, political and scientific perspectives surrounding the drug, in an effort to stimulate conversation and debate surrounding the complex subject.

The exhibition comes at a time when several U.S states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use, and the subject is fast becoming a national topic of conversation in America.

“California is on the verge of making important decisions around marijuana that will impact people living in this state,” says Kelly McKinley, Director of the OMCA Lab. “OMCA is a place where people can come together to learn, question, and add their voice to the different points of view around this topic at a very critical time in public decision making.”

The exhibition will ask visitors to "add their voices to the evolving conversation" on the subject, by taking a look at ten different ways in which marijuana has been considered in California, both historically and today.

Topics will include Cannabis Science, Medical Marijuana, Profitable Pot, Sacred Ganja, Criminal Dope, Creative Grass, Evil Weed, Politically Loaded, Youth and Marijuana, and Recreational Reefer.

“The roles of museums in today’s world are shifting,” added OMCA Director Lori Fogarty. “At OMCA, we aim to inspire Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities.

"As part of this, we are dedicated to being a place where people can come learn about complex topics and, more importantly, add their voices and stories to the dialogue. This exhibition is proof of that in action.”

Altered State: Marijuana in California will run from April 16 through to September 25, 2016.

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