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Los Angeles Shuts Down Marijuana Farmers' Market


Less than two weeks after the grand opening of Los Angeles' first ever marijuana farmers' market the city shut it down, claiming that the market doesn't comply with the city's medical marijuana laws. A hearing scheduled for August 6 will determine whether the market will be permanently closed.

Reason TV attended the grand opening of the marijuana farmers' market on the Fourth of July weekend.

"Los Angeles' First Ever Marijuana Farmers' Market," produced by Alexis Garcia. Approximately 3 minutes.

Original release date was July 8, 2014. The original writeup is below.

Thousands celebrated their independence over the Fourth of July weekend by attending the first ever marijuana farmers' market in the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. 

The California Heritage Market was organized by 22-year-old Paizley Bradbury, who also serves as the executive director of the West Coast Collective, a marijuana dispensary. Bradbury became concerned that patients were losing access to medicinal marijuana after Los Angeles voters passed Proposition D in 2013—a law which restricted the number of pot shops that could operate within city limits. 

"We don't have a lot of dispensaries in Los Angeles and that kind of limits the amount of growers that people have access to," states Bradbury. 

The concept proved popular with consumers—an estimated 2,500 people attended on the first day alone to purchase goods from over 30 vendors.

Bradbury maintains that the market is legal because the collective is grandfathered in under the Prop D law. To attend the market, patients must provide documentation that shows they are able to legally purchase marijuana in the state. 

"This is exactly the way the law is written," says Bradbury. "Patients are supposed to be getting their medicine directly from the growers within the collective and that's exactly what's happening here."

Bradbury plans to continue staging the market each weekend. 

Produced and shot by Alexis Garcia. Music by The Duckers.

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