Former KFC turned into medical marijuana dispensary

The West Los Angeles storefront has kept the iconic design intact, calling itself "KFC" or "Kind For Cures"

Published March 12, 2013 6:20PM (EDT)

Kind For Cures is a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California, which isn't exactly news in a state swimming with such establishments. But there is one thing that sets the business apart from its crop of competitors: They opened shop in a vacated Kentucky Fried Chicken storefront and kept the franchise's iconic design intact.

Sure, they can't use the logo, but they decided to borrow from the acronym, shortening their name to "KFC." And while they don't sell chicken, they do sell U2 Kush, Blackberry Kush, K.F.C. Og, Diamond OG, South Park Kush, Bitchin' Blue Dream, Green Crack, Maui Wowie, Sour Diesel, Swedish Delight, Dutch Treat, Kali Mist, Sour Candy, Woody Og, Blueberry Pie, Lemon Skunk, Super Silver Haze, Ruby Doobie, among other inventively-named strains of cannabis.

True to its predecessor, KFC also offers some edibles. You can order snacks like "Royal Highness" pretzels and a "Blackout" brownie, but it does seem like a missed opportunity to not put some kind of a THC spin on the chicken chain's chocolate chip cake.

And as Steven Heller writes for Print, the co-branding needn't end there. According to Heller:

"The packaging possibilities are infinite. Instead of the venerable Colonel Sanders, perhaps a Captain Cheech would suffice. Instead of 12g bags they could have 10 g, 30 1/8, 60 1/4 g buckets."

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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