Amoeba Music Receives License to Sell Marijuana at Berkeley Location

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On September 21st, Amoeba Music announced their flagship store in Berkeley, California has been granted a license to sell medicinal marijuana. The famous record store revealed their intent to pull stock from the Jazz Room to convert it into a dispensary after filing for a permit last October. Amoeba employee Debby Goldsberry confirmed the news, adding that they are “planning the most epic dispensary ever” on Telegraph Ave. Over the last year, Amoeba’s San Francisco location has been running a medical evaluation clinic that assisted music fans in getting a state MMJ card.

This news comes two weeks after Amoeba announced their decision to sell their LA location and offers one of the few remaining independent record store chains some renewed hope for its future.

Co-owner David Prinz shared optimism that this move could help save the their business during an era of struggling sales.

“College kids don’t buy as much music as they used to,” Prinz said to East Bay Express“It also fits in with what we do, who we are. It’s counterculture to a very high degree.” It’s a bold move, but one that could very well sustain the legendary record chain. Sure vinyl sales have steadily grown by 260% from 2009 to 2015 (Billboard), but the industry is driving consumers towards streaming more and more every day. Marijuana is not the hot button issue that it used to be as more and more states have either decriminalized for medicinal use or outright legalized it, generating hundreds of millions in tax revenue in that time.

What do you think of Amoeba’s decision to open a dispensary? Do you think that it will be enough to sustain the record chain through the digital era? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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