The famous record store wants to pull in punters with legal pot.
Amoeba Music has applied to open a medical marijuana dispensary inside its flagship store in Berkeley, California. If a permit is granted, Amoeba plans to pull stock from its current jazz and classical room, which would then be converted into a separate building, creating two separate storefronts.
Amoeba’s San Francisco location already has a weed dispensary, and co-owner David Prinz clearly thinks pot can save the music industry in an era of flagging sales.
“College kids don’t buy as much music as they used to,” he told the East Bay Express. “It also fits in with what we do, who we are. It’s counterculture to a very high degree.”
He added: “Amoeba has some really good friends who really grow some beautiful strains.”
The Berkeley store’s permit application will be weighed against five other groups, and the city council will pass down a decision after a round of public hearings.
Meanwhile, Amoeba’s Hollywood location recently announced it was stocking the rarest and most expensive record in the store’s 25 year history.
Back in 2013, Amoeba made thousands of rare and out-of-print records available to download from its Vinyl Vaults website. [via Stereogum]