Vancouver's marijuana museum is cashed out

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Puff, puff, pass: Vancouver’s very own homage to the art and history of pot has closed up shop.

The Herb Museum, located in the B.C. Marijuana Party building on West Hastings–”in the famous Pot Block of ‘Vansterdam'” as they describe–has opted to pack it in to make room for a seed sanctuary.

Launched a decade ago, the museum’s David Malmo-Levine, told Vancouver 24hrs of late they were getting about a dozen visitors daily to their five rooms of exhibits boasting over 1,200 artifacts.

The Herb Museum has sold off much of their collection on pot and herbal medicine to a forthcoming marijuana museum opening in Detroit, Michigan. On Facebook, The Herb Museum explained to fans that the collection will be “installed in a much larger location where it will be exposed to much more traffic” than they were getting Vancouver.

Malmo-Levine, who has been hailed as “Canada’s most flamboyant pot activists,” intends to use the profits from the sale to open up a marijuana dispensary with an emphasis on the preventative medicinal uses of pot. He’s looking at spaces in Kitsilano and Kerrisdale, notes Vancouver 24hrs.

Closed for business for good on October 31, the museum will now live on through its website, which will remain active, and plans are in the works for a coffee table-style art book, according to the venue.

Some of the remaining art will be auctioned off tonight, Thursday November 20, from 8-11 p.m. at the B.C. Marijuana Party’s Vapor Lounge.

Featured image via The Herb Museum on Facebook

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