By the numbers

L.A.'s marijuana industry: By the numbers

As Los Angeles cracks down on an illegal proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries, here's a fact-based look at the city's pot trade

Hoping to regain control of the Los Angeles medical marijuana industry, officials have enacted a new city ordinance that will force more than 400 dispensaries to shut down. Last year, L.A. became the "epicenter" of a marijuana dispensary boom that erupted after the Obama administration announced it would not prosecute operators of medical marijuana stores that abide by state laws. "Although the city had a [2007] moratorium on new dispensaries," reports the Los Angeles Times, "it failed to enforce the ban and hundreds opened with no oversight, triggering complaints from neighborhood activists." Here, the story of California's problematic pot boom in statistics:

439Number of medical marijuana dispensaries ordered to close shop

$2,500Daily fine levied against store owners that failed to close their doors by the June 7 deadline

6Number of months in jail a property owner or dispensary operator may serve for failure to meet the deadline

186Number of dispensaries that registered with the city before its November 2007 deadline137Number of those original dispensaries that remain open, and which have six months to comply with all the regulations of the ordinance

1,000Minimum distance, in feet, dispensaries must be from schools, parks or anywhere children congregate, according to the city's new rules

70Total number of dispensaries the city hopes to eventually have

1996Year California passed the Compassionate Use Act, which legalized medical marijuana for qualifyed patients in the state

1Number of Los Angeles marijuana dispensaries, located in former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, which have been ordered to close

14 Number of states that currently allow the sale of medical marijuana

$25Estimated cost to grow one ounce of marijuana in California, or $400 per pound

$280 - $420Price of an ounce of domestically produced medical marijuana, or around $10 to $15 per marijuana cigarette

$2 billionRevenue generated in California through medical marijuana sales in 2008, resulting in $100 million in state sales taxes

1.6 millionNumber of Californians who have smoked marijuana in "the past 30 days," according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, which also claims that 530,000 Californians smoke pot on a daily basis

$156 millionEstimated annual cost to the state of California to enforce marijuana laws, according to the California branch of NORML

$1.3 billionEstimated annual tax revenue California could generate by fully legalizing marijuana

49Percentage of California voters who support a November ballot initiative to fully legalize marijuana in the state, compared to 41 percent who oppose legalization and 10 percent who remain undecided

Sources: Los Angeles Times, (2), (3), CA NORML, LA Weekly, NBC Los Angeles, Southern California Public Radio,  The New York Times, MSNBC, ProCon.org, Time

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