Judge Orders L.A. Medical Marijuana Farmers Market to be Closed

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Judge Orders L.A. Medical Marijuana Farmers Market to be ClosedA judge ruled that a dispensary that hosted a farmers’ markets for medical marijuana in July should be shut, but for other reasons other than the fact that it hosted the controversial events, which it did for two weeks that month.

L.A. Superior court Judge Joanne O’Donnell said last Wednesday that West Coast Collective didn’t adhere to city rules that granted it immunity from prosecution as it incorrectly submitted its managers’ fingerprints. The ruling was published on Friday by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who as the plaintiff sued the farmers market, calling it a nuisance, reported Los Angeles Register.

“This is another victory in our continued enforcement of Proposition D,” said Feuer in a statement.

A lawyer for the collective said that the injunction against the farmers market is only temporary. However, there was nothing in O’Donell’s decision that indicated that other farmers markets are unlawful. Moreover, the city failed to provide evidence to back this.

Proposition D is a city law enacted in 2013 that gives 134 long-operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles immunity from prosecution. However, the immunity applies only if they stick to certain rules, such as one that states that the facility manager should submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of Justice for criminal background check at a specific date in January.

The issue formed the core of the case during the Wednesday hearing, when city attorneys argued that a West Coast Collective’s manager failed to state the dispensary he worked for when he submitted his application. This made it difficult for the Los Angeles Police Department to determine which file to place the results they had obtained from the Department of Justice.

West Coast Collective’s lawyers said they will run a background check to prove the manager has no criminal history before going back to the court to have the injunction lifted. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com