held a lottery last week, and rapper Louis “B-Real” Freese of the group Cypress Hill is one of 20 winners hoping to open dispensaries. The luck of the draw will pave the way for Freese and 19 others to open medical marijuana collectives in Santa Ana later this year.
The city received more than 630 applications, and numerous applicants were placed on a waiting list. The lottery came after Santa Ana voters approved a measure in November to legalize and tax medical marijuana shops, limiting them to two industrial zones.
The winners will be vetted by the Santa Ana Police Department, which will have 60 days to review the applicants’ backgrounds.
Freese plans to name his collective Dr. Greenthumb after his 1990s marijuana-themed song. He spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about his plans.
Cypress Hill – Dr. Greenthumb (Official Video)