The legendary Berkeley record store Amoeba Records is close to securing a new lease on life, as sales of physically recorded music continue to decline.
Amoeba is one of three finalists for the city’s fifth medical marijuana dispensary license. Thursday evening, the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission selected Amoeba to forward to the Berkeley City Council for final selection.
As sales of physical records continue to slide, vending marijuana would underwrite the cultural institution and city landmark, its owners say. Amoeba would add a dispensary to its current jazz room, and promises massive marijuana synergies at the music mecca.
“We need supplemental income,” Amoeba co-founder David Prinz told the East Bay Express. “That’s the real truth. This helps keep us open and enables us to do some amazing shit.”