A farmers cannabis market in Humboldt County, California received a cease and desist order after a supposed complaint was filed. Without a brick and mortar establishment the mobile market did not have the correct permits to sell cannabis products.
A medical marijuana farmers market held several times since March 2016 and planned for this Sunday was canceled after the Humboldt County Planning Department sent a cease and desist letter.
Planning and Building Director John Ford said that the event, known as the Casual Crop Exchange, held at Trim Scene Solutions in Redway was violating the county’s cannabis dispensary ordinance because it involved cannabis sales.
“If you’re selling cannabis right now, you fall under the dispensary ordinance,” Ford said Friday afternoon. “The dispensary has to be within a building. It requires brick and mortar. It requires a permanent location. To do it without a permit is not legal.”
Ford said his department sent the cease and desist letter on June 13 after it received a complaint, though Ford said he did not have specific information on the complaint available at the time.
Joey Burger founder of both Trim Scene Solutions and the farmers market said he canceled this Sunday’s “710 Oil Spill” farmers market, which was themed on the July 10 marijuana holiday that celebrates cannabis oils and concentrates.
Burger said the cancelation has resulted in lost revenue as they had already advertised for the event and signed on sponsors and vendors. Burger said they have held eight farmers markets since March 2016.
Burger said the revenue they obtain from the market’s entrance fee is donated to local nonprofit organizations.
He said they raised $2,500 from their April 20 market, which he said was donated to the Redway-based Community Cornerstone Inc. that provides training for disabled adults in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
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