147 broad 062114 1147 broad 062114 2Is Red Bank getting a medical marijuana dispensary? That was the takeaway for a number of redbankgreen readers when they saw the painting above, which went up in a window of the long-vacant Lamplighter store at Broad Street and Harding Road over the weekend.

It’s our understanding that an art gallery is taking the space, though neither artist David Benegas – whose painting of a gun is in another window there – nor building owner Scott Diamond could be reached for immediate comment.

[UPDATE] Benegas tells us he’s opening an art gallery there in August, and that the pot image is “just a publicity stand to show how the power of Art can get a message to people.”  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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