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From a group yoga class to a solo toke before a morning walk, the notion of infusing parts of an active day or lifestyle with cannabis use is widespread…

…& starting to banish the stereotype of the couch-bound stoner (hello strand education).

That said, it seems almost unfathomable that this notion would leave the way we engage with & experience art untouched. Familiar or not with major art cities like LA and NY, if you’ve attended an opening at a commercial gallery, you’ve likely been drowned in wine. Why not be offered a toke instead of or in addition to wine?

The following art and cannabis-focused spaces are doing just that for their patrons.

They’re selling and displaying exciting art. They’re hiring curators, collaborating with locally-based artists and artisans, and are weaving the art into a narrative necessary to bring the everyday consumer, and perhaps even those in opposition, to the same figurative table.

These innovators include the following:

Cannabition

Opening its doors on October 3rd of this year, Cannabition is already generating quite a bit of deserved buzz.

Described as an “immersive, cannabis-themed art museum” in downtown Vegas, Cannabition is using art as a way to bring the history and culture of cannabis in America to life, streamlining the story through the lens of “seed-to-experience journey."

One interactive sculptural exhibit found at Cannabition is the 24-foot tall bong, Bongzilla, the largest in the world, created by Jerome Baker Designs. Jerome Baker is a notable glassblowing artist and studio owner who has created work for internationally known figures, including His Holiness the Dali Lama.

Not only focused on agriculture and consumption, Cannabition's separate rooms and exhibits, all created and conceived in collaboration with regional as well as nationally-based cannabis brands, will be teaching visitors a thing or two about strands & concentrates along the way.

Touting oneself as highly Instagramable is a known double-edged sword for museums: as you’ll recall, this past June, $200k worth of Simon Birch sculptures were damaged at The 14th Factory in LA. Yet, the success of commercial spaces, such as 29 Rooms (regularly occurring during New York Fashion Week), LA’s Ice Cream Museum or the interactive Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, all centring​ around the notion of being ‘grammable, prove it’s not the worst horse to hitch your wagon to—especially for a place like Cannabition, which seems to be led by the objective of normalization through exposure.

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ShowGrow

Based in Vegas, Long Beach and Orange County,Show Growdoesn't advertise itself as a gallery…at all.

However, that hasn't stopped the space from selling half a dozen works since launching its in-house art collection just this spring. According to the dispensary website, the original Show Grow location, and subsequent iterations emerged due to “the belief that the cannabis industry needed a better dispensary." Cultivating change is a priority component of the brand messaging for Show Grow as a dispensary—as is authenticity: “staying true to the lifestyle that brought us all here.”

That translates to a web presence where, along with information on prices for an eighth, you’ll also find articles reviewing documentary film and profiles of those prominent in the Long Beach street art scene.

Available pieces atShow Growhave included a Sasha Young photograph of Snoop Dogg, as well as figure studies from French filmmaker and artist Arghael, collaborative paintings by Manson (Marilyn that is), and stills of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor.

Painter Matt Smiley, who also happens to serve as the curator and events manager for ShowGrow, spoke to the LA Times about consuming cannabis and engaging with art as luxurious. Luxury or no, there are levels to the sort of elevation the fusing of art and cannabis spaces can bring about.

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The Gallery

The Gallery, a Washington-based art and cannabis space, seems to put out the most lighthearted vibes and offer the most accessible collection—a family cannabis gallery if you will.

A slideshow of available art on The Gallery website reveals geometric sculpture referencing tribal culture and African sculpture that would find its way into the purview of modern artists, like Picasso who's geometric faces, women, and chaotic scenes like Guernica would go on to be contextualized alongside it. There are also a diverse collection of works in oil, a Reefer Madness film poster, glass pieces, and engraved wooden grinders functioning as utilitarian and highly-niche art pieces.

Unattached from the history of the medium or even names of the artists, the strictly visual presentation beckons you to come in and learn more about the art, all of which is original. (The Gallery doesn't deal in prints or re-creations.) It's a seemingly calculated move on the part of a space originally conceived of as an art gallery that would, as a secondary focus, be a dispensary or offer dispensary wares.

Now, the importance of both concepts appear to have merged, making The Gallery and other spaces like it a 'must visit' for both recreational and medical users.

  Posted: Saturday, November 17th, 1:00pm a month ago

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