Pot-Friendly California: Amsterdam In America?

August 13, 2009
By RICHARD GONZALES
NPR.org

More than a dozen years ago, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana for people with serious illnesses. Many used it to relieve pain or other symptoms — and that’s still true. But medical marijuana has now become a thriving business in California that serves a lot more than just sick people.

In some parts of Los Angeles, medical marijuana is more common than McDonalds or Starbucks. Places where you can buy a Big Mac or a double tall mocha latte are outnumbered by pot stores, at least 2 to 1.

All that’s required to purchase the marijuana is a recommendation from a doctor. And a new iPhone app will even help you find the nearest dispensary. More…

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