In the morning paper
L.A.'s Hotel Normandie could be America's first marijuana-friendly hotel
Marijuana smokers in Los Angeles may be getting a hotel of their own.
The Hotel Normandie, a historic building built in the 1920s as an elegant residence, may be positioning itself to be reborn as a "pot-tel," according to the Los Angeles Times.
John Evangelista, a real estate investor, bought it in January and called on medical marijuana activist Dennis Peron to pursue the possibility.
"(Peron) has a certain following, a certain know-how, a certain energy and kind of vision," Evangelista told the newspaper.
The brick building, which is in the heart of Koreatown, will host pot smokers Tuesday for an annual celebration of marijuana. April 20 has evolved as a day of pot smoking for advocates of marijuana legalization.
Peron told the Los Angeles Times that converting the 106-room hotel into America's first pot-friendly hotel is "a logical step."
"It's a big city. And they needed me down here," he told the paper.
Evangelista faces several legal and financial hurdles. He's mired in a lawsuit against the former owner regarding ownership share, the report says.
The hotel is also about $200,000 behind in loan payments and it's unclear who's going to pay for the projected $500,000 needed for renovating it, it says.
Peron and his friends plan to sell $420, two-day packages.
- Roger Yu