13 October, 2015 - NME.com
Los Angeles record shop Amoeba Music has unveiled plans to launch a pot dispensary from their Berkeley store.
The music chain has reported losses in recent years, with its co-owner detailing new sources of revenue that the company are considering.
Dave Prinz told the East Bay Express that Amoeba will move stock out of its jazz room and lease the premise to a medical marijuana dispensary.
"We need supplemental income. That's the real truth. This helps keep us open and enables us to do some amazing shit," Prinz said. He added that weed culture "fits in with what we do".
Meanwhile, fellow co-owner Marc Weinstein told The Daily Californian that the dispensary would "benefit bookstores, record stores, cafes and add a lot of very good traffic" to the area.
"That street [Telegraph Avenue] could really frickin' use this... the whole neighbourhood would like the street to be more civilised."
However, Amoeba could face opposition to their plans. The chair of the advisory commission Charles Pappas told The Daily Californian: "I don’t think it’s a good situation. You really don’t want people who come in and buy medicine and then reselling it on [the street]... there’s a lot of underground dealing going on."
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg recently revealed that he's launching a new website dedicated to marijuana.
Having recently invested in an app that has been labelled as "Uber for weed", the rapper unveiled last month that he's the co-founder of MerryJane.com.