Medical Marijuana

Farmers Market Marijuana

For one lovely Los Angeles weekend legal medical marijuana users shopped for cannabis the way they might shop for fresh strawberries.

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For one lovely Los Angeles weekend—Independence Day weekend to be exact—legal medical marijuana users shopped for cannabis the way they might shop for fresh strawberries, avocados, and flowers: at a local farmers market.

The West Coast Collective in East L.A. launched the Los Angeles California Heritage Market at its dispensary, allowing medical marijuana users to purchase wares directly from vendors. Customers, all with medical marijuana cards, lined the block waiting to make their purchases.

The collective and organizer Paizley Bradbury planned additional market days, but then the city of Los Angeles stepped in. At the center of the dispute is Proposition D, a local ballot initiative passed in 2013. Pushed on voters by the L.A. City Council, the proposition caps the number of dispensaries at 135, protecting the earliest shops that opened when California voters legalized medical marijuana use.

Bradbury says the West Coast Collective is covered by Proposition D, telling Reason TV: "This is exactly the way the law is written. Patients are supposed to be getting their medicine directly from the growers within the collective and that's exactly what's happening here." But the city argues that the ballot initiative doesn't allow for vendors to sell directly to buyers.

An August hearing scheduled to determine the market's fate went against the West Coast Collective.

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  1. legal medical marijuana users shopped for cannabis the way they might shop for fresh strawberries, avocados, and flowers: at a local farmers market.

    What? Shopping for marijuana in the same place that we shop for strawberries!? This could make children think marijuana is safe! Ban strawberries!!!

    1. Don’t worry, we feds PROMISE not to enforce the law, & put you all in cages for not sufficiently honoring our arbitrary herbal decree.

      You poor little American saps!! Soon we’ll be charging you for the privelage of buying an herb!!
      It’s much more profitable than caging you all. You can trust us to let you all exercise your “freedom!”
      http://youareproperty.blogspot.com/?m=1

  2. So, true story. I read the first two paragraphs of the post, and my first thought was, “How is this legal in LA?” and then I hit this sentence.

    Although an August hearing scheduled to determine the market’s fate ultimately went against the operation,

    And for a brief moment, I took comfort in knowing that my politicians continued to act as expected. A know-thine-enemy moment, I guess.

  3. But the city argues that the ballot initiative doesn’t allow for vendors to sell directly to buyers.

    Does the city give any plausible explanation for why anyone but the dispensers quickest on the draw would want a limit and would therefore vote for Prop D as the city characterizes it?

    1. I know you know the answer to this question.

  4. Douthat is concerned.

    But in the intellectual realm, the stagnation he identifies seems readily apparent, since whole swaths of political, ideological and religious terrain that fascinated earlier generations have been mostly written off in ours. As Mark Lilla noted in a recent New Republic essay, it’s not just that alternatives ? reactionary, radical, religious ? to managerial capitalism and social liberalism are no longer much embraced; it’s that our best and brightest no longer seem to have any sense of why anyone ever found alternatives worth exploring in the first place.

    Perhaps the sacrifice is worth it, and a little intellectual stagnation is a reasonable price to pay for fewer cults and Communists.

    Or maybe the quest for secrets ? material or metaphysical, undiscovered or too-long forgotten ? is worth a little extra risk.

    Maybe our “intellectual leaders” and educators have been lethally successful in promulgating a culture of risk aversion and fear of failure. Why throw off the security blanket of groupthink and run the risk of being the star of your very own witch trial?

    Why would anybody bother to feign surprise at this?

  5. I am actually surprised that farmers market did not suffer a SWAT raid.

    “Pot is going artisanal.”

    Marijuana lubricant

    I’m going to the next one.

  6. This reminds me of the wierd beer laws that forbid brew-pubs from selling bottled beer directly to customers, thus protecting the beer distributors, and incidentally favoring mass-market beer producers like Budweiser (since it’s unprofitable to use a distributor for small operations).

    Maybe in the future, RJ Reynolds will run huge industrial marijuana farms and sell brand-name marijuana joints via large distributors.

  7. my co-worker’s half-sister makes $69 /hr on the computer . She has been laid off for six months but last month her paycheck was $16262 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at this now…..

    ???????? http://www.netjob70.com

  8. My buddy’s mother makes $83 /hour on the computer . She has been fired from work for 7 months but last month her income was $16557 just working on the computer for a few hours.
    you can check here ———- http://www.jobsfish.com

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