Los Angeles City Officials Try to Shut Down Marijuana Farmer’s Market

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marijuana The Los Angeles city attorney, Mike Feuer, wants to shut down a medical marijuana ‘farmer’s market’ that popped up in the city over the 4th of July weekend. Feuer seeks a restraining order to block the operation that is no longer doing business in the Boyle Heights section of LA.

According to city officials, the market violates Proposition D, a voter-approved ordinance that restricts too many medical marijuana dispensaries from opening up in one place. One paragraph within the proposition states:

Proposition D provides protection (i.e., limited immunity) from its prohibitions for Medical Marijuana Businesses that comply with all of the following four requirements: (1) were timely registered with the City Clerk under the City’s 200 7 Interim Control Ordinance 179027 (ICO); (2) timely applied for registration under the City’s 2010  Medical Marijuana Ordinance 181069 as amended by the 2011 Temporary Urgency Ordinance 181530 (TUO); (3) registered under Measure M regarding taxation of medical marijuana in 2011 or 2012; and (4) comply with other operating and location restrictions. (Proposition D at Section 45.19.6.3)”

The market is reportedly a ‘nuisance’ to the residents of the neighborhood as well.

“It also fails, we allege, to comply with basic city land use laws,” Feuer claimed. “And they couldn’t get a permit if they tried. So for many reasons — from the violation of Prop D to the impact on the community to the failure to comply with city land use law — we allege that this isn’t a use that should be allowed to continue and we’re going to seek a court order to put a halt to it.”

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The three-day market launch provided medical marijuana only to patients with doctor’s authorizations, and took place over the three-day July 4th weekend only. Patients came by the thousands, drawn to promises of lower prices and a farmer-to-consumer product, which eliminated the middle man. Approximately 25 vendors offered marijuana products of various kinds, and a line stretched for blocks to obtain the items offered.

David Welch, an attorney representing the West Coast Collective, the dispensary who organized the event, said he was ‘shocked and disappointed” by the city attorney’s charges. He said that the market was very successful and allowed patients to purchase straight from farmers at reduced prices.

“It’s clear that the voters wanted only 134 dispensaries to operate in the city,” Welch said. “There’s hundreds in the city today. Yet the city attorney is going to waste resources on one of the 134 that his own website [lists as being] allowed to operate.”

The marijuana selling collective intends to continue business on future occasions until the city legally forces them to stop.