Some major factors in deciding where one’s family should live include relative safety of the neighborhood, available green space such as parks and schools, grocery stores, and other commercial retail in the area. With the legalization of marijuana in states such as Colorado, proximity of these marijuana dispensaries has become another factor. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) can be used as a measure of vegetation, and to determine areas with high levels of irrigated vegetation. Using ArcGIS Modelbuilder, the data from an NDVI analysis can be used to determine the proximity of marijuana shops to these types of greenspaces (Jensen, 2000).
Flansberg, Jacob; Jackson, Elise; and Theobald, Amelia, "Child Safety Near Pot Shops in Denver" (2016). Engineering Applications of GIS - Laboratory Exercises. 15.