Bushwick Dispensary

Bushwick Dispensary Reveals Notorious Biggie Smalls Mural

In the heart of Brooklyn’s creative renaissance, Bushwick’s lanes buzz with street art and old warehouses are reborn as avant-garde galleries. The area is a tapestry of cultural experiences, from an eclectic music scene to innovative community events. With cannabis becoming increasingly integrated into daily life, the neighborhood offers an array of ways to enjoy your favorite strains in a space that reflects the local vibe.

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

A beloved mural of late rap legend Notorious Biggie Smalls has been restored to the wall of a new marijuana dispensary in Bushwick. The iconic portrait of the late artist as a baby had been painted on the side of 85 Suydam St. by the Brooklyn street artist Huetek in 2020. But the owner of Emerald Dispensary, which opened last week on the site, told Hyperallergic she had to paint it over in black removable graffiti paint before the dispensary’s opening on orders from state regulators. The founders were advised by the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) that displaying the artwork violated the state’s advertising regulations and could prevent them from passing a state inspection.

The owners of the dispensary were so upset about having to remove the mural, they contacted Huetek and told him they would pay for him to repaint a new version of the portrait. They also said they would rework their signage to ensure the dispensary meets OCM’s rules. That means the store will only display the name of the business, its purpose and hours on its exterior.

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