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Cypress Hill rapper to open medical marijuana collective

Medical marijuana clone plants are seen at a

Medical marijuana clone plants are seen at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Credit: AP / Jeff Chiu

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the rapper who sang “Like Louis Armstrong played the trumpet, I’ll hit that bong” is going into the marijuana business.

Cypress Hill rapper B Real was one of 20 applicants selected this month to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California.

B Real, whose given name is Louis Freese, wants to open a shop called Dr. Greenthumb, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Dr. Greenthumb” was also a Cypress Hill song with myriad references to marijuana.

“These collectives create jobs, and that gets overlooked,” Freese said in the Times article. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us. We’re glad we’ve been selected.”

Winners were chosen in a lottery from a pool of more than 600 applicants that paid $1,690 each, securing $1 million in revenue for the city, the Times reported.

“I definitely want it to be eye candy, eye-popping, eye-catching, an experience,” Freese told Billboard. “We want it to be a place where you can come get quality meds responsibly and all that stuff, but we want it to be an experience as well.”

Cypress Hill rose to fame in the early 1990s, largely on the strength of the mega-hit song “Insane in the Brain,” which was nominated for a Grammy and MTV Video Music Award in 1994.

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