High culture: Museum exhibit dedicated to marijuana opens in Oakland — but you can’t partake

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Courtesy of National Post

OAKLAND, Calif. — It’s known as Mary Jane, ganja, Chronic and even the sticky icky and has been featured in countless movies, including one that warned of its dangers, “Reefer Madness.”

Now, marijuana is the subject of a contemporary history and science exhibit.

“Altered State: Marijuana in California,” a one-of-its-kind museum exhibition focusing on the topic, is open through the summer at the Oakland Museum of California.

Ben Margot / Associated Press Photomarijuana smoking paraphernalia is seen on display as part of the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibit at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, Calif.

Set against the backdrop of a California ballot measure this year asking voters to legalize marijuana’s recreational use, the exhibition features artwork, political documents and posters, scientific displays, and interactive and multimedia exhibits all meant to provoke questions and conversations about the provocative plant.

“We have designed an open and participatory experience to engage