Hip-hop artist Louis Freese, a.k.a. "B-Real" from the rap group Cypress Hill, is now in the medical marijuana business. He was one of more than 600 applicants in the running for about 12 possible new medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana, California.
A lottery was held yesterday as canna-business hopefuls including Freese eagerly awaited their chance to obtain a permit to legally sell medical marijuana in the city.
Those who were awarded permits were selected by a lottery that was completely overseen by an independent accounting firm. The non-refundable application fee of $1,690 brought in a cool million for the city without breaking a sweat. The next step for Freese and other lottery winners is to obtain a Regulatory Safety Permit. Immense piles of paperwork and a $12,086 application fee must be submitted to the Santa Ana police department, the city then has 60 days to review the applications.
Freese, whose lyrics often involve marijuana references, wants to bring "responsible, quality medication" to the people of Santa Ana. His dispensary will be called Dr. Greenthumb, where he wants to "create jobs and new revenue streams for the city."