Pubdate: Thu, 11 Aug 2016
Source: Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Copyright: 2016 Chico Community Publishing, Inc.
Author: William Todd-Mancillas


Oakland Museum's marijuana exhibit is worth visiting.

In the center section, a large glass case encloses mature marijuana 
plants. On the side of the case, different strains are mounted 
beneath magnifying glasses. Materials made of hemp are displayed: 
rope, cloth, edible, cooking oil, etc. An illustration depicts the 
mechanism by which cannabinoids affect the body. Cubicles surround 
the centerpiece. In one there is video of politicians condemning 
marijuana. Opposite the video are posted photographs and quotations 
from famous personalities praising or denouncing marijuana. Visitors' 
opinions are posted as well.

In an adjoining cubicle graphs and tables dramatically illustrate 
disproportionate incarceration of blacks and Hispanics, this despite 
the fact that many more whites use marijuana. A complementary exhibit 
contrasts states' shockingly disparate penalties for convictions.

Next is a section documenting rigorous experimental research on 
purported therapeutic effects. Visitor testimonials are also posted. 
Hanging in another cubicle are sheets of plastic of different shapes 
and colors. By looking at and through these sheets one experiences 
visual effects similar to those resulting from ingestion of high 
concentrations of THC. The bookstore sells an excellent selection of 
books on marijuana. On Fridays, the museum stays open longer, 
affording opportunity to visit other exhibits as well.

William Todd-Mancillas

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