In the same way many shoppers purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, medical marijuana users will be able to buy their pot directly from the grower at a planned cannabis farmers market in Boyle Heights.
The event, scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend, was being billed as the world’s first-ever farmers market for medicinal marijuana.
It was set to be held at the West Coast Collective in a 15,000 square-foot open-air structure, at 1500 Esperanza Street, according to Paizley Bradbury, executive director of the California Heritage Market.
The goal is to take access to medical marijuana out of the hands of dispensaries and provide patients with a direct connection to growers, giving users access to the information they need to make educated decisions about what they’re buying and where it comes from, Bradbury said.
“We’re trying as a collective really bring it back the roots of the movement,” Bradbury said. “The patients should be really be able to talk to the growers.”
Up to 50 growers were expected to attend, offering a wide range of products including weed, edibles and concentrates.
“For the first time in MMJ history, MMJ patients in Los Angeles and Southern California will have direct access to medicine straight from the growers themselves,” a news release about the event stated. “This is an opportunity that unfortunately is not seen as much as we would like. We’re hoping that the California Heritage Market can bridge this gap and provide a new and affordable experience for those who need safe access they can trust.”
The market is free, but is not open to the public.
“Anybody who wanted to come would need to bring their medical marijuana recommendation and ID,” Bradbury said. “When you come in to the market, the first thing you’re going to do is check in.”
The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m from July 4 to July 6.
Why on the Fourth of July weekend?
“A lot of people say we are trying to do it for America,” Bradbury said.