Irvine is mostly known for its pristinely manicured lawns, cookie-cutter houses, and a 10 p.m. nightlife curfew. In other words: surburbia at its dullest. But as of a month ago, the city will also be known for something else: UC Irvine’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, a multidisciplinary program that blends the schools of law, medicine, science, business, public health and engineering.
The hallways of UCI’s Gillespie Neuroscience building are lined with doors that stretch from carpet to ceiling. All of them look the same with the exception of one. From it hangs a hemp-woven textile featuring an image of a dark-haired woman with a large green fan-leaf behind her head, kind of like a peacock headdress. The words Exportacin and Puntas Del Oro outlines the top portion of the