Brooklyn weed dispensary sparks outrage for painting over famous mural of Notorious B.I.G. – New York Post

It was a B.I.G. mistake.

A cherished mural of late rap legend and Brooklyn native The Notorious B.I.G. was painted over in Bushwick after a pot shop moved into the building — sparking outrage among proud Brooklynites.

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

“We didn’t want to take it down,” Emerald dispensary co-founder Christina De Giovanni told The Post about the mural, which depicted the “Juicy” rapper as a baby with the word “Brooklyn” in large block letters in the background.

De Giovanni said the mural had adorned the exterior wall of 85 Suydam St. for about three years before the dispensary moved into the space, which had previously been a church called House of Pray.

She said they loved the tribute and wanted to keep it up, however, the (OCM), which regulates the sale of legal marijuana in the Empire State, warned them that leaving the mural in place could jeopardize the store’s opening when state inspectors came by

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