Judge Orders End to MMJ Farmers Market

A medical marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles does not comply with the city’s laws and cannot be held again, a judge has ruled.

On Tuesday morning, a Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the California Heritage Market from doing business.

The event was first held over the Fourth of July weekend in a warehouse, allowing patients to purchase directly from cannabis vendors at low prices.

Organized by the West Coast Collective dispensary in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the event attracted huge crowds.

Buoyed by its success, organizers said they planned to run the market on a regular basis, adding that the event complies with the city’s laws.

But on Monday afternoon, the Los Angeles city attorney filed an injunction to stop the operation.

Attorney Mike Feuer said the market violates Proposition D as well as the city’s land-use laws. Furthermore, he said, organizers did not obtain required zoning permits for the market.

“We will do everything we can to put a halt to them,” Feuer said in a statement.

A lawyer for the market’s organizers disagreed, telling the Los Angeles Times that Feuer’s assessment is a misrepresentation of Proposition D. He also said that the event’s organizer, Paizley Bradbury, consulted an engineer with the city’s Building and Safety Department who told her that a permit was not necessary.

Tuesday’s court ruling could impact California’s industry in another way: The judge declared it illegal for card-carrying cannabis patients to purchase directly from growers.

5 comments on “Judge Orders End to MMJ Farmers Market
  1. jesse macia on

    It seems to me that the only reason politicians have legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana is just for political reasons, i:e get elected. They seem to make it difficult or find something to make it difficult to purchase marijuana. I understand regulations to protect underage from getting high, God knows I was lucky when I started smoking over 40 years ago nothing has happened to me.

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  2. Joanie on

    Why is this such a big deal to Attorney Mike Feuer? Maybe his time and energy could be focused someplace better.

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  3. robert on

    “Tuesday’s court ruling could impact California’s industry in another way: The judge declared it illegal for card-carrying cannabis patients to purchase directly from growers.”

    Follow the Tax money!
    Buying direct from growers, normally considered wholesale suppliers to dispensaries could and probably would pocket the cash and not report the tax collected.. (if collected)

    SO attorney Feuer is not concerned about zoning, it is the local business’s that pay through the pipe so to speak that objected, and his response was one of zoning.
    It is and always will be about the revenue stream, as typical farmers markets supply produce to the public close to store retail, and sales often go unreported.
    Feuer while not honest, but was right in his decision. If we don’t support and protect the dispensaries, then we have a new (untaxed) black market.

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