The line stretched hundreds of people long down an industrial stretch of Esperanza Street, as throngs of Angelenos endured the baking heat Saturday to get into a Boyle Heights warehouse.
Inside, cannabis growers offered up their crop from glass jars labeled with gauzy names like “Blue Dream” and “Banana Kush.” Shoppers sniffed each musky container discerningly. A dizzying assortment of marijuana-infused wares beckoned from dozens of booths: balms and sunblock, organic waffles and soft pretzels, chai tea, cooking oil, lollipops in salted caramel, watermelon or key lime flavors.
“What have you got?” one man asked gruffly at a booth lined with jars. A purple chalkboard behind the folding tables advertised, “HIGH QUALITY!!! TOP SHELF!!!”
“What do you like?” replied Anthony Guillen of Cal Hemp with a smile. “Everybody’s got preferences.”
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