Las Vegas Celebrates Cannabis Culture With 24 ft Fully Functioning Bong
By Roger Malespin
September 10th 2018 photo/istock/:petdcat
Artist Jason Harris is not new to cannabis culture. The renowned glass blower has been practicing his craft for decades, making custom bongs and waterpipes with his own business in Oregon. He was even famously arrested, along with Tommy Chong and 53 others, for selling weed paraphernalia back in 2003. In his latest creation, Harris and a team of other top glass artists have created Bongzilla - a 24 - foot glass bong that will call the Cannabition Museum in the downtown Las Vegas Arts District home.
To give you an idea just how big Bongzilla is: it weighs more than 800 pounds, is 24 feet tall, a 100-gallon reservoir in the base, and a bowl so big it takes a quarter pound of marijuana to pack it. Yes, it is fully functional with hookah-like attachments. Don’t expect people to be smoking it in the museum just yet though. Recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada, but only if consumed in a private residence.
Cannabition, the soon-to-open marijuana museum where the bong resides, is not a licensed dispensary. It sits on a leased spot of commercial space near a craft brewery. The museum is scheduled to open officially this month in conjunction with the Life is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival in downtown Las Vegas.
Harris seems very happy to make the piece as a ode to cannabis culture. “People have been really reacting to the art,” he said, “and I am using it as a tool to make noise and build momentum around change.” “Las Vegas will be the new Amsterdam of the world…I see it as a big lighthouse and beacon that says, ‘Just smoke me.”
“I make giant bongs,” he said. “They are my voice to make noise in the world.”
Creating Bongzilla was no easy task. It took 15 professionals, including Harris, working 8 hours a day for 4 days to make. Additionally, it had to be disassembled, transported by inconspicuous trucks across 4 states - Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada - before it was reassembled at its new home in the museum.
Smoking on premises might be illegal, but festival goers are encouraged to light up before attending, and there are plenty of dispensaries in the area. State Senator Tick Segerblom, a vocal advocate of recreational marijuana, says he will be attending the museum opening and he envisions a day when Bongzilla can be smoked. “It’s what we do best here, and it fits in well with our party and outlaw image…But I’m also hoping it makes people aware that Las Vegas is the perfect place for the cannabis culture and, if we can pull this off, it will become a major focal point for us.”
The Life is Beautiful Arts and Music festival runs between September 21-24. If any of our readers are in Vegas at the time, do yourself a favor and enjoy a celebration of life, love, and freedom of cannabis culture.