Vancouver’s Marijuana Museum Is Cashed Out

CANADA:  Puff, puff, pass: Vancouver’s very own homage to the art and history of pot has closed up shop.

The Herb Museum, located in the B.C. Marijuana Party building on West Hastings–”in the famous Pot Block of ‘Vansterdam’” as they describe–has opted to pack it in to make room for a seed sanctuary.

Launched a decade ago, the museum’s David Malmo-Levine, told Vancouver 24hrs of late they were getting about a dozen visitors daily to their five rooms of exhibits boasting over 1,200 artifacts.

The Herb Museum has sold off much of their collection on pot and herbal medicine to a forthcoming marijuana museum opening in Detroit, Michigan. On Facebook, The Herb Museum explained to fans that the collection will be “installed in a much larger location where it will be exposed to much more traffic” than they were getting Vancouver.


Officially history: First Marijuana Bought In Seattle Donated To MOHAI

WASHINGTON: When the curator at MOHAI put on purple latex gloves to handle the marijuana and other paraphernalia surrounding the first sale of legal weed in Seattle, that marked the last time anyone would handle these object with bare hands because they are the artifacts of history and will be preserved in perpetuity.

The state-licensed marijuana sellers at Cannabis City and their first customer donated items from that first-of-a-kind high noon sale of cannabis on July 8 to the museum at a news event Tuesday morning.

“This is the kind of stuff that history is made of,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s executive director, “and we’re very honored to receive it and to share it with the community.”

The donated items included a 2-gram sealed package of the “Sweet Lafayette” strain of marijuana bought by first-in-line Deb Greene, the Liquor Control Board’s letter to Cannabis City announcing they’d won a shot at one of Seattle’s 21 retail licenses, the police tape stretched across the door before the opening and the ceremonial scissors used to cut it.

James Lathrop, the owner of Cannabis City, added to the list the receipt of the first purchase, their big ad in The Stranger announcing the opening, a T-shirt with the store’s logo … and the letter from the owners of the Space Needle telling them they had to drop the image of the Needle from their logo or get sued …

Roger Roffman Chronicles Society’s Long Struggle With Pot In ‘Marijuana Nation’

WASHINGTON:  Roger Roffman is a UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years, and was a sponsor of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington. He answered a few questions about his new book, “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.”

Q: Your first experience with marijuana laws was during a court martial for a fellow soldier in Vietnam who was caught with the equivalent of 10 joints. How did that start your journey as a marijuana activist?

A: In 1967 I was a social work officer with the 9th Infantry Division. Doing that work, I began to have an inkling of what we’d much later recognize as the severe psychological injuries many soldiers experienced. Alcohol was the universal de-stressor, with shared drinking contributing to group cohesion and camaraderie. While illegal under the Code of Military Justice, shared pot smoking appeared to fulfill a similar purpose. When serving on the board that conducted that soldier’s court martial, I argued imprisonment would be excessive given the context. I was outvoted, he went to jail for four months, and the injustice of that penalty troubled me.