Judge Orders an End to L.A. Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Market

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 10, 2014 · 0 comments

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A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary order blocking the operation of a farmer’s market geared specifically for medical marijuana patients.


The first-ever medical marijuana farmer’s market was held July 4-6 in east L.A. The market’s goal was to bring together medical marijuana patients with reputable growers, with a focus on patient education regarding medical marijuana. The California Heritage Market was operated by the West Coast Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, and drew large crowds, long lines and traffic to the Boyle Heights area during Independence weekend.


The Los Angeles city attorney said the market was not authorized to operate in the area and violated voter-approved measures limiting how dispensaries can operate, including the recently approved Proposition D.  An attorney for the collective said there was no evidence against his client, and that collective members are allowed to sell to each other.


Proposition D was passed by voters in May 2013, and limits the number of dispensaries in the L.A. area to 135. L.A. previously had around 400 licensed dispensaries in operation. Proposition D also enacted a tax of $60 per $1,000 gross receipts for each dispensary business. Medical marijuana advocates did not support any measure that limited the number of dispensaries since the exact number of medical marijuana patients in California is not known. It’s currently estimated to be between 750,000 and 1 million.


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