Las Vegas (CNN) — In this city where just about everything is over the top, a 24-foot bong might establish a new, well, high.
The two-story-tall specimen of super-sized drug paraphernalia is the main attraction at Cannabition, a non-consumption cannabis-themed museum slated to open later in September at Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas.
Though the museum doesn’t sell weed for guests to smoke or eat, it does celebrate the recent rise of cannabis culture in Nevada and across the country. A progression of 12 small exhibits is designed to take visitors on a zany journey that teaches about botany, chemistry, psychoactive compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and stoner culture since the 1960s.
The 10,500-square-foot museum comes at a time when the cannabis tourism industry in Las Vegas is — pardon the pun — budding out. Recreational cannabis use became legal in Nevada on July 1, 2017, and since then, statistics from the state’s Department of Taxation indicate 61 licensed dispensaries have opened statewide, including 47 in Clark County (which includes the Las Vegas Valley).
This cannabis crescendo certainly is paying off for the state, which collected $69.8 million in tax revenue for the year ending July 1, 2018, 140% more than expected. By law, the money now will be allocated to fund state and local regulation of the industry, and what’s left will be deposited into education coffers and a general fund.
“The entire experience of legalizing marijuana has been more successful than we ever thought it would be,” says Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom, one of the legislators who led the push to make pot legal in the state. “This museum, this idea of crafting an experience around cannabis, takes everything to the next level.”