The pop-up Museum on Drug Policy opened in New York on unofficial cannabis holiday as the UN holds a special session on issue for the first time in 18 years
While world leaders discussed global drug policy at a United Nations special session on drugs, a few blocks away was a notably more fashionable crowd of activists, artists and celebrities supporting the opening of the pop-up Museum on Drug Policy.
Held on the cavernous first floor of a midtown Manhattan high-rise, the museum is what its name implies: an exhibition space meant to highlight how drug policy impacts everything from availability of clean syringes for injection drug users to global incarceration.
The three-day exhibit is part of activism taking place across New York City, while the UN holds a special session on global drug policy for the first time in 18 years.
The drugs are put into our community, the opportunities are taken out, said Michael K Williams, an actor most famous for his role as Omar, a drug dealer in the HBO series The Wire, as he smoked a Parliament outside the space. Its like you put a piece of cheese in front of a mouse, and then you penalize him for eating the cheese. Its backwards.