Amoeba Music has been granted the coveted licence to sell medical marijuana at its flagship store in Berkeley, CA with hopes that it will help produce a boost in revenue.
The Bay Area store had previously attempted to earn the licence in October 2015, but failed. At the time, Amoeba’s co-owner David Prinz said in an interview that legal marijuana could help save the company and the music business: "We need supplemental income. That's the real truth. This helps keep us open and enables us to do some amazing shit."
Sharing the news via a post on Facebook, the store’s Debby Goldsberry expressed her excitement for the new venture: “We are planning the most epic dispensary ever at the Amoeba location on Telegraph. The dispensary will go where the jazz room is now. My mind is kind of blown right now!”
Before the licence was granted Amoeba already had a medical marijuana doctors office connected to the shop, but now they will be able to convert a section of the actual shop into a dispensary. That said, it might still be several months before the shop is in operation as the city needs to approve the development.
Earlier this month Amoeba Music’s storefront in Los Angeles was rumored to be under threat of being demolished, but that does not seem to be the case with the Berkeley shop.
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