Marijuana Dispensaries: The total count of marijuana & tobacco stores in a given area
City of Los Angeles Office of Finance
The original data comes at the point level. Our team geocoded the locations to generate X/Y coordinates, then spatial joined each point to 2020 Census Tracts.
Why are these variables important to measure?
Cal. Health & Safety (H&S) § 11362.5
Contreras. (2017). A Block-Level Analysis of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime in the City of Los Angeles. Justice Quarterly, 34(6), 1069–1095. https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2016.1270346
Department of Cannabis Regulation. (2023). City of Los Angeles. Link
Freisthler, Ponicki, W. R., Gaidus, A., & Gruenewald, P. J. (2016). A micro-temporal geospatial analysis of medical marijuana dispensaries and crime in Long Beach, California. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 111(6), 1027–1035. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.13301
Lankenau, Tabb, L. P., Kioumarsi, A., Ataiants, J., Iverson, E., & Wong, C. F. (2019). Density of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Current Marijuana Use among Young Adult Marijuana Users in Los Angeles. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(11), 1862–1874. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1618332
Los Angeles (LA) Municipal Code, 4 § 104.00
Mair, C., Freisthler, B., Ponicki, W. R., & Gaidus, A. (2015). The impacts of marijuana dispensary density and neighborhood ecology on marijuana abuse and dependence. Drug and alcohol dependence, 154, 111–116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.019
Office of Cannabis Management. (2023). Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs. Link
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