L.A. marijuana market ordered to shutdown

A farmers market for users of medical marijuana has been ordered to temporarily shutdown, following a ruling made by the L.A. County Superior Court judge.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a temporary restraining order, saying that the California Heritage Market activity did not comply with local regulations for marijuana dispensaries.

Proposition D was passed last year, which established legal instructions for where marijuana dispensaries could operate.

Feuer said that the ruling, supports the “spirit and the letter of Proposition D.”

“The bottom line is that we argued successfully that this so-called farmers market was an attempt to make an end-run around the will of the people when they voted to put Proposition D in place,” Feuer said. “The court saw through this subterfuge.”

The injunction prevents the market’s operators to set up any booths or advertise the business. Police and fire squad members must also be granted unrestricted access to the site.

Feuer claims that “the court was very clear: There could be no multiple vendors selling at this site, only bona fide employees.”

Opened over the 4th of July weekend, the market was set up in a warehouse behind the West Coast Collective dispensary, in an industrial region in Boyle Heights.

“That’s essentially what this business model was,” says Feuer, indicating to the fact that Proposition D did not allow multiple independent vendors to sell on a single site.

Attorney David Welch who represents the Progressive Horizon Collective has commented on this saying that Feuer’s argument are without logic: “A farmers market is no different from a dispensary in that they both sell goods from a variety of vendors. Their arguments are basically a misunderstanding on how this business operates.”

A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 to determine whether the market will be allowed to reopen or remain closed.