Los Angeles Is Getting a Farmers’ Market for Pot
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Los Angeles Is Getting a Farmers’ Market for Pot
Posted by CN Staff on June 27, 2014 at 06:43:27 PT
By Giri Nathan 
Source: Time 
California -- Say hello to the newest addition to the farmers’ market: marijuana.Los Angeles medical-marijuana users will soon be able to buy their product straight from the people who grew it, according to Paizley Bradbury, executive administrator of the California Heritage Market. The farmers’ market is set to open the weekend of July 4, and anyone with a medical-marijuana card will be able to walk through and check out the booths, where vendors will peddle cannabis flowers, edibles and more.
“It’s going to be so much easier for patients to get their medicine at a more affordable rate, and something that they can trust,” Bradbury tells TIME. “They can say ‘How did you grow this? Is it organic? What kind of nutrients did you use? What kind of strain is this?’ There’s just so much more behind it.”Bradbury hopes direct patient-farmer contact will protect customers from what she calls the major problems in the industry: big markups from brokers who shuttle the product from farms to dispensaries, and dishonest practices by dispensaries, which Bradbury says sometimes post inaccurate analyses of the product hoping the average consumer won’t know any better.The California Heritage Market hopes to keep running every weekend, provided it does not hit any legal barriers. Bradbury says she has been working very closely with an in-house lawyer to ensure everything goes smoothly.“With this industry, you just never really know how things are going to turn out until after you do it,” she says. Source: Time Magazine (US)Author: Giri NathanPublished: June 26, 2014Copyright: 2014 Time Inc.Contact: letters time.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana  Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by swazi-x on June 27, 2014 at 13:10:26 PT
As It Should Be!
This is how this plant should be handled everywhere - it's a vegetable for crying out loud, and as others mention the current distribution system is based on black market pricing and does little to remove the profit that causes criminal activity.Farmers markets that include cannabis are the most direct way to remove the profit/middleman and to actually normalize it for everyone. Let 'em sell dried cannabis, edibles, clones, and most importantly - fresh/frozen flowers. Once people start using it fresh (no high, incredible health benefits) they will understand it's not a drug but a vital, necessary component of health for all of us.This is great news. Let's hope law enforcement can see beyond their own beaks to let this flourish.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on June 27, 2014 at 09:51:02 PT
You're welcome. I think it should be sold at a farmer's market. You don't have as much expense so the price could be much lower. From field to market sounds like a great way to do it.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on June 27, 2014 at 09:05:03 PT
wow, this and the NY Times article are great, as always thanks for posting FOM.All the other produce is available at farmers' markets. One way to look at this is to realize that there will always be a black market if we DON'T have simple farmers' markets for cannabis. That is the simplest and purest way for the transaction to occur, that's why farmers' markets thrive and are growing every year.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 27, 2014 at 07:02:36 PT
It started with Nixon.
But G. H. W. Bush and his cronies took the WoD to a whole nuther level. He was the implementer of Mandatory Minimums. He started Unicore prison industries and Barbara Bush got a monopoly on prison commissary.These were put into place before the prison changes took place. Bush already had his ducks in a row! His plan, his crime. The Bush Bane I call it! The most awful destructive family on the planet. Every damn one of them should be behind bars in stocks on public display! Ma Barker Bush is the most evil among them!
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