From the Wall Street Journal to the Daily News to members of the Los Angeles City Council, a lot of people seem to think there are up to 1,000 medical weed stores in this city.
Guess they still haven't looked at L.A. Weekly's PDF linked in our November cover story: "L.A.'s Medical-Weed Wars."
As we wrote in our cover story, the Weekly found "the pot shops are not concentrated near hospitals or sicker, poorer, older populations. Only five could be found in Ed Reyes' Eastside District 1 and just 10 in Bernard Parks' District 8 in South L.A.
"Instead, the pot sellers concentrate in wealthier areas including Westwood and the West Valley, tourist areas such as Venice and Melrose, and nightlife districts such as Hollywood. Paul Koretz's Westside District 5 has 73, Bill Rosendahl's beachfront District 11 has 54 and Eric Garcetti's Hollywood District 13 has 63."
As for our pre-moratorium count, we differed with the City Attorney by only five pot shops: L.A Weekly, 142 ... City Attorney's Office, 137.
A City Attorney representative said the difference may be the fact that although five pot shops had the same name and location as the original medical weed store on the city's books, they did not have the same owner. So the City Attorney's Office did not include those five pot shops in its count.
The information is there, and anyone can use it ... especially the City Council members who are still working on the fine points of a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance for L.A.