LA Court halts Boyle Heights pot farmers market just weeks after opening

Jul 15, 2014


Anthony Guillen, left, shows a sample of a marijuana bud to a patient at the California Heritage Market, the first-ever cannabis farmers market in Los Angeles. The event drew more than a thousand people to an industrial area of Boyle Heights where all types and forms of marijuana were for sale to medical marijuana patients.; Credit: Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer released a statement today to file a temporary restraining order on a new medical marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights.

The California Heritage Market — which opened on 4th of July weekend — is the first of its kind in Los Angeles, marking a unique opportunity for card-carrying cannabis patients to purchase marijuana directly from growers.

Feuer says that this market is “an unauthorized, unpermitted use of the property” that has not obtained the proper zoning approvals. David Welch, an attorney representing the market, on the other hand, says that’s not the case. Welch says the market’s executive director, Paizley Bradbury, spoke to an engineer with the city’s Building and Safety Department who said a permit was not necessary.

As of this morning, The LA Superior Court granted the restraining order on California Heritage Market and it is effective immediately. There will be an additional hearing on this ruling on August 6.


Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney

David Welch, Attorney for West Coast Collective and represents the market’s operators

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