Obviously Los Angeles Will Try To Shut Down a Medical Marijuana Farmers Market

L.A. fails to grasp the market for markets.Reason TVAs we’ve documented here at Reason, Los Angeles, after failing to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within its city entirely, convinced voters to put in place a protectionist scheme that allows the first crop of dispensaries to stay open and forces all others to shut their doors (not that the city seems able to actually follow through on that last part).

When a Los Angeles collective launched a marijuana farmers market at the beginning of July, there didn’t seem to be much of an official response, but it looks like they probably weren’t paying attention. Now that they know, the city is trying to get an injunction to shut it down. From the Los Angeles Times:

City Atty. Mike Feuer says his office will request a temporary restraining order to stop operations.

"We're fighting to stop this end-run around the will of the voters who enacted Proposition D," Feuer said in a statement. "We allege these events also violate city land-use law and are causing a public nuisance. We will do everything we can to put a halt to them."

Feuer's action alleges the market didn't comply with requirements outlined in Proposition D, a ballot measure passed last year that set up the legal parameters for dispensaries to remain open.

Proposition D is the local ballot initiative that capped the number of dispensaries. Feuer complains further that the market violates zoning regulations and California’s Unfair Competition Law, which is a pretty ballsy accusation from the guy representing a city that has been trying for the last two years to help established medical marijuana shops eliminate competition.

The city also complains that the weekend market (held in an industrial area) resulted in blocked sidewalks and affected other nearby businesses, which is perhaps a sign that there is a demand for marijuana farmers markets, and perhaps the solution is to have more of them, not fewer? Is there a better example of how absurd the mentality of government officials can be compared to the private market? “This product or service is far too popular, so we must shut it down for everybody’s safety.” In the private market, they’d be talking about franchising it or something to actually take advantage of the demand.

Reason TV’s Alexis Garcia filmed a visit to the first farmers market on Independence Day weekend. Watch below and take note of how the market gives card-holding medical marijuana customers options for providers other than the handful of middle-men protected by Proposition D:

 

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  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    The city also complains that the weekend market (held in an industrial area) resulted in blocked sidewalks and affected other nearby businesses, which is perhaps a sign that there is a demand for marijuana farmers markets, and perhaps the solution is to have more of them, not fewer? Is there a better example of how absurd the mentality of government officials can be compared to the private market?

    It's those goddamned Republicans once again! When will California voters wake up and put Democrats in charge at all levels of government? Then all this bullshit marijuana prohibition, anti-gay marriage stuff, and the destruction of the working class will finally end.

  • perlhaqr||

    Heh. :)

  • MegaloMonocle||

    I'm wondering if the effect on the nearby businesses was positive or negative?

    Most businesses like having a whole crapload of potential customers hanging out in their neighborhood.

  • perlhaqr||

    Proposition D is the local ballot initiative that capped the number of dispensaries. Feuer complains further that the market violates zoning regulations and California’s Unfair Competition Law, which is a pretty ballsy accusation from the guy representing a city that has been trying for the last two years to help established medical marijuana shops eliminate competition.

    Come on, dude. You're not thinking like a politician. Clearly an act named like that is intended to prevent competition with the interests that have donated to his campaign, because compettion is unfair.

  • Sticky Fingaz||

    I am in love with Paizley Bradbury.

  • ||

    Just don't let her talk.

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