FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Cheech Marin speaks while introducing of a display featuring Chicano artwork from his personal collection at the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie, Wyo. Months after California legalized recreational marijuana the state is giving stoner comedian Marin's Chicano art museum $9.7 million. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

California gives Cheech Marin's Chicano art museum $9.7M

June 27, 2018 - 5:39 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Months after California legalized recreational marijuana the state is giving stoner comedian Cheech Marin's Chicano art museum $9.7 million.

It must be fate.

The money was tucked away in the $139 billion California budget Gov. Jerry Brown signed Wednesday.

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry is scheduled to open in 2020 in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.

It will include approximately 700 paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works from Marin's personal collection.

Represented are such seminal Chicano artists as Gilbert "Magú" Lujan, Frank Romero and Carlos Almaraz.

Marin, a lifelong art lover, has been collecting since soon after he and cannabis comedy partner Tommy Chong became famous in the 1970s as Cheech and Chong.

Plans for the center were unveiled last year.

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