I've lived in Southern California for 50 years and this was the first time I drove to Venice Beach. I'd guess 1/3 of the shops are "medical" marijuana related. Either a small drs office ready to prescribe pot for any ailment you can think of or the pot shop itself. And next door will be an accessory shop. The rest of the shops are t-shirt or tourist crap shops. Across from the brick and mortar shops are the small vendors selling there wares. The best part are the street performers, but they spend as more time hyping their act and collecting money, than the performance itself. As far as the "muscle beach" area, there were only a few guys working out on a Sunday afternoon. I guess it's just a place to go to say you were there, but I can't see ever wanting to go back.
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