If you were in Los Angeles this past weekend, that cloud of smoke hanging over the California Heritage Market wasn’t a fire, it was just advertising for the county’s first pot farmers market.
Thousands of people followed the Doritos deliveryman to the three-day event, where “patients” were able to buy their “medicinal” hash directly from licensed growers.
In between the uncontrollable giggling, customers to the market were able to visit booths that looked like typical vegetable stands at regular farmers markets and buy varieties with names like White Widow, Candyland Wax and Sky Jack.
In addition, there were plenty of marijuana-laced edible goods and other products available, as well.
It was all advertised as legal and took place under the watchful eyes of the LAPD at a marijuana collective warehouse in Boyle Heights, coordinated by a 22-year-old woman named Paizley Bradbury, executive director of the California Heritage Market and described by the Hollywood Reporter as a five-year veteran of the, ahem, “marijuana industry.”
Let’s see, 22 minus 5 equals. …
The former high school cannabis queen said the idea for the farmers market came about because of Los Angeles’ confusing laws regarding dispensaries.
A few years ago, the city had a problem with “medical” marijuana shops springing up like Starbucks or McDonald’s since the 1996 passage of a law that allowed marijuana collectives. Then last year, city residents passed Proposition D, capping the number of dispensaries citywide at around 135.
Since then, at least 100 of the storefronts with the little green crosses on their signs have closed, making it more difficult for pot users to get their weed.
“The language within these ordinances [governing dispensaries] is so confusing,” Bradbury told The Hollywood Reporter. “Politics is crazy and Los Angeles is crazy. It’s going to have to change within the political system first before it can change anywhere else.”
The whole “medical” marijuana issue has been a two-edged blade for Los Angeles, as well as the rest of California, because there are people with serious medical conditions who seem to experience genuine pain relief by smoking marijuana. On the other hand, there are clearly many people who are just potheads and have obtained a medical card that allows them to buy their fix legally.
Los Angeles is already the sort of town where people are not shy about doing their drugs in public. I’ve even seen a driver taking a hit off a bong when stopped at a traffic light, and it’s interesting, to say the least, the number of teenagers around town who claim to have prescriptions for “back pain.”
With the prevalence of drugs in American culture, despite federal laws, it seems a safe conclusion that there are people, presumably people with a lot of money, who have a vested interest in keeping the drugs flowing and keeping Americans, particularly youths, stoned.
Despite the hype, marijuana is not a harmless drug.
Pot’s chemical makeup is such that it won’t make you overdose like with heroin or some of the other illegal drugs, but the stuff causes brain damage and it has a way of making users susceptible to trying other, harder drugs. That’s been shown by numerous studies. Personally, I’ve seen enough smart people dropping IQ points without ever realizing it that the “victimless crime/harmless fun” arguments don’t fly with me.
The fabric of America is under attack on many levels, from social to religious to political and more. The campaign to legalize marijuana and make hard drug use acceptable is just one more route for undermining the country, and there are many officials, such as those in Los Angeles, who seem to be fine with that.