The music world is days away from the first-ever record store-launched cannabis dispensary.
The former jazz section of the world-renowned Amoeba Records at 2455 Telegraph Ave. is set to open as Hi-Fidelity on Saturday, project managers said this week.
Online, project manager Debby Goldsberry stated April 25 the store had received its two needed state and local licenses to conduct retail sales. Today, Goldsberry announced soft openings today and tomorrow, with a Grand Opening Saturday.
As recorded music revenue sales have declined, Amoeba Records has turned to cannabis. The San Francisco Amoeba Records leased upstairs space to a cannabis doctor’s clinic for years until recreational sales slowed foot traffic. Amoeba began the process of applying to open a dispensary at their Berkeley location in 2015, generating national headlines.
Amoeba Berkeley won a highly contested bidding process to open the city’s fourth licensed retail store in 2016 kick-starting the process of getting building permits and state adult use and medical cannabis sales licenses. On Wednesday Hi-Fidelity teased that they were opening “soon”.