Amoeba Music's Berkeley Flagship Approved For Medical Marijuana Permit
Amoeba Music's iconic Sunset Blvd. location has been dominating headlines as of late, mostly because it seems it could soon be the end. But its flagship Berkeley location seems to have found the key to longevity: weed.
Months ago we reported that Telegraph Ave. location had been added to a shortlist of vendors being considered for a medical marijuana license that would effectively make it one of the first record store/dispensary combo shops in the country. And now it seems they've fished their wish, as The Berkeley City Council has awarded the cherished, yet weathered, crate-digging paradise the permit to proceed with its plans for conversion. According to East Bay Express, the new dispensary arm of the shop will be called BC3 (Berkeley Compassionate Care Collective) and will be built in what is currently the store's jazz section.
EBE also notes that it could be a couple of months before you can grab some kush to compliment your latest haul of wax, as permits are still needed from Berkeley’s Department of Planning and Development in order to touch up their signs, but this is a very good look for an industry that took a 9.1% hit in 2016. And we certainly hope that others follow in Amoeba Music's path. Legally, of course.