City of LA Puts an End to Marijuana Farmer’s Market

Two weeks after the medical marijuana farmer’s market debuted in Boyle Heights, the city of LA is ordering the California Heritage market to cease operation immediately, citing violations of Prop D.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer claims that the farmer’s market is not in the spirit of Proposition D, a measure passed that only allows roughly 135 collectives to remain in operation. While the collective overseeing the market, West Coast Collective, has a pre-ICO license, Feuer argues that multiple vendors should not be allowed to sell under one roof–only volunteers and employees of that particular establishment.

“The court was very clear: There could be no multiple vendors selling at this site, only bona fide employees,” Feuer said. He also argued that the whole market is an attempt to work around the limitations imposed by Prop D under the guise that the medicine is being sold from the grower to the patient without any middleman.

In addition to possible Prop D violations, law enforcement as well as residents of the Boyle Heights area complained that the event was a nuisance. Lines of people waiting to get into the market blocked sidewalks and entrances to businesses, taking up vast amounts of local parking spaces, and creating crowds and bustle that impeded on the ability of law enforcement to properly do their job.

But attorney David Welch disagrees with the City’s decision to shut down the market, arguing that it was in no way violating Prop D.

There will be a hearing on August 6 to permanently decide the fate of the market.

Is CBD-only Legislation Worth It?

Missouri is the most recent state to adopt a medical marijuana law… but unfortunately it may not be the best for patients.

Along with Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin, Missouri has earned an “F” rating from Americans for Safe Access based on their archaic medical marijuana laws.

While CBD-only laws may seem appealing at first–after all, CBD is the prime medicinal component in cannabis, and high CBD low THC strains have been proven to help reduce incurable seizures in children without giving them any psychoactive effects–they are also very flawed. The primary issue is that CBD does not treat ALL of the conditions and symptoms cannabis has been shown to help with–for example, AIDS and cancer patients who need to increase their appetite need THC, not CBD, so those patients are out of luck. The other problem CBD-only legislation presents is that these laws typically do not provide any protection to those who cultivate, manufacture, and distribute the medicine. While they decriminalize possession of CBD product, they do not decriminalize those responsible for providing medicine to patients.

While legalization in some capacity is always a good thing, sometimes laws spring up are not so great but since they are adopted by one state, others follow suit. We hope Missouri will reconsider and expand their marijuana legalization laws beyond just CBD.

Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Market Opening in Boyle Heights

Starting this Fourth of July weekend, there will be the first ever “medical marijuana farmer’s market” at the West Coast Collective in a 15,000 square-foot open-air structure, at 1500 Esperanza Street. This event allows medical marijuana patients to directly connect with local growers. All patients will need to provide their California ID and letter of recommendation before they can enter the market.

While it may initially seem like a good thing that there is no collective “middleman” between the grower and the patients, it will be interesting to see how much product is tested for mold and pesticides, and if any other paraphernalia (pipes, papers, etc) will be offered. That said, it is good to see grassroots endeavors such as this rising above the “pot shop” to offer medical marijuana right from the source.

If you do plan on going to this event, ask if the medicine is tested before you buy–or you may end up smoking harsh chemicals!

 

New York Will Allow Medical Marijuana

Last Friday, the “Compassionate Care Act” was passed by the New York State Assembly, with the state Senate later passing the bill. The law dictates that physicians will be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana (non-smoke) to those with conditions recognized as treatable with cannabis.

This is a great victory for medical marijuana not just in New York but the whole country. As more and more states pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana, the more it legitimizes cannabis as a non-toxic, natural alternative to potentially harmful pharmaceuticals.

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Hillary Clinton Supports Legalizing Medical Marijuana… Sort Of

On June 17th, Hillary Clinton answered one particularly interesting question at the Newseum in Washington D.C.: “What are your outlooks on recreational and medical marijuana, and how does it make you feel that states are now legalizing pot for both uses?”

Clinton’s response was thus: “At the risk of committing radical candor, I have to say I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet, although I think for people who are in extreme medical conditions and have anecdotal evidence that it works there should be availability, under appropriate circumstances.

“But I do think we need more research because we don’t know how it interacts with other drugs. There’s a lot we don’t know.”

Her position was a lot more open-ended in regards to recreational legalization.

“States are the laboratories of democracy. We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is.”

While Hillary is no doubt more flexible and open-minded about medical marijuana than, say, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, her safe response is typical among many politicians in the two main political parties. Still, it is nice to see a politician potentially running for President in 2016 at least acknowledging the potential for marijuana to be medicinal, even if she did so in a very roundabout manner.

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Arizona Health Dept. Considering Lowering MMJ Card Costs

Veterans, seniors, and those on SSI or disability may soon join food stamp recipients in receiving a 50% discount on their medical marijuana cards from the Arizona Department of Health Services. While this may seem like a kind gesture, the reality of the discount is practical: the Department is making more money than it needs from the recommendations.

“We’re bringing in more money than we really need,” said Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble.

The proposed discount will benefit those who are most in need of medical marijuana: the elderly and ill. It will be presented to public opinion this summer.

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Big Win in D.C.

A big victory for states with legalized medical marijuana! The House of Representatives voted in the Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice (CJS) Appropriations bill. This bill will prevent the Department of Justice from allocating funds to the interference of medical marijuana in states that have approved it.

Why is this bill so important? We believe that medical marijuana is best handled at the local level instead of the federal level. Local leaders are far more aware of the situation in their jurisdiction than agents from the other side of the country. Especially in California, where whole cities and counties have the power to ban medical marijuana collectives, it is important that decisions stay centralized.

Also, wasting taxpayer money on opposing medical marijuana takes funds away from more serious issues, like trying to fight the rise in heroin use or battling violent crime.  Not only is it a hassle for those who are obeying the law within their state, it detracts from bigger problems that kill people on a daily basis, whereas medical marijuana does nothing but help.

We are glad that our representatives agree with us on the integrity of medical marijuana.

The first legal collective in the city of Los Angeles and a pre-ICO safe haven

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