Professionals in a surprisingly wide number of industries see legal cannabis as a possible way to boost economic activity and business growth. Now, as the legendary Amoeba record shop opens a dispensary in Berkeley, California, it looks like some members of the music industry are also starting to turn to the marijuana market as a way to increase sales.
Amoeba Music Opens Hi-Fidelity
Amoeba Music recently made its move into legal marijuana. Last month, the well-known music shop had a soft open for its latest venture: a recreational dispensary called Hi-Fidelity.
The new cannabis store is located next door to the famous Berkeley music shop. According to co-founders Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz, as well as Hi-Fidelity’s curator Chris Garcia, the weed shop will focus on carrying a massive lineup of cannabis and cannabis products.
Similarly, they want the store to have a laid-back vibe. In particular, customers will be encouraged to take their time hanging out in the dispensary and checking out products.
“That’s one of the things that’s been missing since Prop 64 has been implemented,” Garcia told reporters at Billboard. “I go into these dispensaries and it’s get in line, check your phone for the menu, know what you want when you get up there and get out.”
He went on to explain the vision behind Hi-Fidelity. He said Weinstein and Prinz opened the shop as a way to not only give people access to weed but as a way to celebrate the broader culture of cannabis.
In that way, it makes perfect sense for a record shop to open a weed shop. As Garcia puts it: “Music has always been a part of cannabis and cannabis has always been a part of music.”
A Long Time Coming
It wasn’t easy for Weinstein