Soon You’ll Be Able to (Legally) Buy Weed at Amoeba Records’ Flagship Store
How can a legendary record store stay in business in the era of Spotify and Apple Music? For the Amoeba Records flagship location in Berkeley, the answer is simple: Replace the jazz section with a weed shop.
The East Bay Express reports the store was awarded a permit to open a marijuana dispensary last week. “We are planning the most epic dispensary ever at the Amoeba location on Telegraph,” Amoeba employee Debby Goldsberry wrote on Facebook. “The dispensary will go where the jazz room is now. My mind is kind of blown right now!”
Amoeba first applied for a permit last fall, but was rejected. This year, they had better luck, and the BC3—short for Berkeley Compassionate Care Collective—should open sometime in the next few months.
“College kids don’t buy as much music as they used to,” Amoeba co-owner David Prinz told the East Bay express last year. “Weed can help save music — absolutely. Here’s a way.”
And concerned jazz-lovers shouldn’t fret about the displaced section; Fact Mag notes that the store plans on moving the current jazz and classical rooms into a separate building.