Is it true that there are more medical marijuana stores in L.A. than Starbucks locations?

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It does seem as if I’ve been seeing more green crosses than green mermaids lately. In fact, the Kush far outweighs the French roast. The health department lists 166 Starbucks outlets spanning Chatsworth to San Pedro, but the LAPD counts at least 600 pot shops. An ordinance regulating medical marijuana hits the books this month, and city officials say it will cut the number of legal cannabis clubs to 137—restoring equilibrium to the ultrajittery and the superrelaxed.
 
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