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LAS VEGAS >> Two flights of stairs curl around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. An elevator also ferries people from the ground floor — where the pipe’s 100-gallon reservoir sits — to the mouthpiece high above.

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A large bong called “Bongzilla” is under construction at Cannabition Cannabis Museum in Las Vegas on August 30.

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LAS VEGAS >> Two flights of stairs curl around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. An elevator also ferries people from the ground floor — where the pipe’s 100-gallon reservoir sits — to the mouthpiece high above.

It weighs more than 800 pounds and the bowl can pack a quarter of a pound of marijuana. It has elements in the glass that will make it glow — greenish mostly — while bathing in black light. Jason Harris, the artist who made it, said it’s his artistic opus to the cannabis culture.

“I make giant bongs,” he said. “They are my voice to make noise in the world.”

But to be heard and noticed on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas — where the bong is housed — is no small task.

It’s a sensory tsunami on Fremont, filled with street musicians playing “Stairway to Heaven” on electronic violins or steel drummers hammering out hits from the ’80s.

There are screams from people shooting down a zip line above the street. Tribute bands blast metal music, and boozy packs of tourists point at half-naked men and women trying to lure them into posing for a picture.

And size matters, too.

Vegas Vic — the iconic neon cowboy — towers above a souvenir shop and stands 40 feet tall. There’s a giant

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