With pot enjoying its last days in legal limbo in California and the countdown to 4/20 officially on, what better exploration for the Exploratorium to take on than that of the many-splendored plant.


The museum's always-cool After Dark event will reach a new high this Thursday with its first ever cannabis-themed night. Like all other After Dark events, the party will have cocktails, music, and access to the Tactile Dome, but the evening's programming wades into new territory with presentations on everything from the history of marijuana to propagation techniques to sniff testing with the team from Alchemy by Dark Heart.


Editors' picks:

  • What's In Your Cannabis? Measuring Pot's Potency is a demonstration, by CW Analytical, of how labs test marijuana for potency using high pressure liquid chromatography. (7pm)

  • Growing Pains: Environmental Impacts of Cultivating Cannabis in California will address the often negative environmental impact of the previously unregulated cannabis farming industry and discuss how new policies may begin to repair the damage done. (8pm)

  • Marijuana and Racial Disparities in Arrests and Prosecutions, with Ana Zamora of the ACLU, will explore what cannabis legalization may mean for criminal justice reform. (8:30pm)

  • Dispelling the Stoner Stereotype is a gallery of high-quality cannabis images curated by professional photographer Ophelia Chong, founder of Stock Pot Images, who will also be on hand for a Q&A.

There's no smoking or vaping onsite, in case you were wondering. Check out the full schedule here. // "After Dark: Cannabis," Apr. 6, 6-10pm at The Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero), exploratorium.edu