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Jazz Age L.A. hotel reborn as a haven for pot

April 20, 2010 | 11:46 am

"It's really a logical step, a logical step. It's a big city. And they needed me down here. And I needed a change," said Peron, who believes marijuana is a deeper part of the culture in Los Angeles than in San Francisco. "It's the people. It's the numbers. It's the pop culture. It's skaters."

John Evangelista, a real estate investor who has known Peron since his San Francisco hippie days, bought the hotel in January and invited Peron to create a "pot-tel." "He has a certain following, a certain know-how, a certain energy and kind of vision," Evangelista said.

But like many marijuana business ventures, much about this one remains murky.

Read the full story here.

--John Hoeffel in Mid-Wilshire

Richard Eastman, assistant manager of the Normandie Hotel, smokes a medical marijuana cigarette near the historic hotel's rooftop sign. Photo: ( Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times )