In the 1970s Atlantic City, the original home of Miss America, believed that casinos would bring glamor (and cash) to an aging resort that had once been called America’s Playground.
Now, 50 years later, it’s placed its revitalization bets on legal weed, gambling that its former commercial strip — a blighted stretch of 99-cent stores and pawn shops — will become “the East Coast hub for cannabis” according to Kashawn “Kash” McKinley, the city’s new czar of pot.
The most ambitious of several dozen planned marijuana businesses in this designated “Green Zone” is a complex described as a “museum” by its parent company, Agri-Kind. Covering several city blocks, it will supposedly include an indoor grow farm, guided tours similar to those at breweries and wineries, video displays, exhibits of cannabis-processing machinery, and some historical artifacts (Grateful Dead posters? Petrified hash brownies? Bongs?).
While specifics have been as hazy as the air inside a 1970s head shop, company founder Jon Cohn has said that the museum will do for weed what Chocolate World has done for chocolate (also, stoned people love chocolate). His vision, he has said, is that the museum will be comparable to the Johnny Cash Museum or Graceland, and that it will be “really educational.”
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