Beloved Biggie Smalls Mural Painted Over By Brooklyn Dispensary – Patch

BROOKLYN, NY — The recent cover-up of a mural serving as a tribute to Brooklyn native The Notorious B.I.G. has brought backlash to a new cannabis dispensary in Brooklyn.

The Emerald Dispensary, located at 85 Suydam Street in Bushwick, held its grand opening on Monday; however, the celebrations were hampered by the news that the cherished artwork had been painted over.

The owners of the dispensary said they were forced to cover up the mural– a portrait of a young Biggie Smalls, whose real name was Christopher Wallace — because the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) claimed it violated advertising restrictions.

“Regardless of the mural’s subject matter, we’re bound by the regulations set forth by the Office of Cannabis Management for the state of New York, which prohibits ANY artwork outside licensed retail stores,” the owners said on social media.

The tribute, painted by a local artist named Huetek, had been on the exterior of 85 Suydam St. for nearly three years before the dispensary took over the space, officials said.

In an Instagram story posted on Tuesday, Huetek spoke out in frustration, stating that people with “money pushout the culture and the essence of what the streets and Brooklyn IS

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