“There have been, culturally, connections between cannabis and music making [but] that’s not our point,” Amoeba Music co-founder and co-owner Marc Weinstein tells the Daily Californian of the record-pusher's new pot-pushing proposition. CBS 5 confirms that the business isn't just blowing smoke: Amoeba's Berkeley flagship has applied for a permit to become that city's fourth dispensary, as provided for by the 2010 passage of Measure T.
While revenue from physical albums continues to slow down at the 1990-founded independent music chain, a weed side biz seems pretty intuitive. And it's no secret that Californians will soon consider legalizing recreational weed, perhaps becoming the fourth 420-friendly state. So, with Gavin Newsom preemptively exploring recreational pot regulations, Amoeba could conceivably be getting a head start. Further, with stores in the Haight and Hollywood, it's not hard to imagine Amoeba becoming a general mind-expansion operation at all locations.
As Weinsten pitches the idea, it could "help anchor Telegraph [Avenue], benefit bookstores, record stores, cafes and add a lot of very good traffic to Telegraph,” adding bases of up to 100,000 on the street, he predicts.
Nonetheless, Charles Pappas, who serves as chair of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission, has expressed his concern. “I don’t think it’s a good situation,” he tells the Daily Cal, "You really don’t want people who come in and buy medicine and then reselling it on the street you’d really have to watch out for that on Telegraph, there’s a lot of underground dealing going on.”
Community meetings to discuss the six applications received will precede a formal recommendation to the Berkeley City Council from the Medical Cannabis Commission.
Best of all, Amoeba sounds like it has some dope "connects," as they say. "Amoeba has some really good friends who really grow some beautiful strains," store co-owner David Prinz tells the East Bay Express.