In some parts of Los Angeles, medical marijuana is more common than McDonalds or Starbucks, reports National Public Radio. Places where you can buy a Big Mac or a double tall mocha latte are outnumbered by pot stores, at least 2 to 1. Doctors don’t write prescriptions for marijuana. They give written recommendations often based on less-than-rigorous exams.
It’s not what California voters had in mind when they approved Proposition 215, the medical marijuana law, a dozen years ago. Then, it was billed as compassionate relief for people with cancer, HIV-AIDS, or glaucoma. Critics say that many use the medical marijuana law as a cover to buy recreational pot. “I think [Proposition] 215 was a complete sham. I think this was a hoax,” says Ron Brooks, a federal drug agent in San Francisco.