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Altered State: Marijuana in California

April 16–September 25, 2016

What makes a plant become more than a plant? Join the budding conversation in the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on marijuana in California today. Explore the evolving attitudes, controversial issues, and public perceptions surrounding the world’s most provocative plant, and add your voice to the conversation!

Now an award-winning exhibition—Altered State: Marijuana in California will receive the Western Museums Association’s 2016 Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence in September, 2016.

Sample the scents of different strains of cannabis, and touch pot leaves and buds while wearing lab-strength rubber gloves. Tell your truth in the Cannabis Confessional—a booth where you can anonymously share your personal experiences with pot. Watch 30 years worth of PSAs about marijuana, and listen to what youth are saying on the topic today. Cast your vote on how California should approach the legalization of marijuana, all in Altered State!

What makes a plant become more than a plant? Join the budding conversation about marijuana in California today in this mind-bending exhibition that explores the many perspectives about the plant from a diverse range of experts, community members, and groups—and invites you to share your own insights, too.

But, why talk about pot?

With adult recreational use in California on the ballot this year, talking about marijuana is more important than ever. Get informed on this controversial topic through a mix of expert insights, community voices, images, objects, and research.

Come see why everyone is talking about Altered State, the first major museum exhibition to cover this provocative plant.

Altered State: Marijuana in California is made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

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