Marijuana farmers’ market buds in Northern California
April 19, 2013
A farmers’ market for marijuana has sprouted in Northern California’s Sonoma County. [Modern Farmer]
The Organicann Harvest Market takes place every third Saturday of the month in a purple warehouse in unincorporated Sonoma County. The Organicann dispensary operates the farmers’ market and only allows its own patients to attend.
Marijuana farmers’ markets have previously appeared in Washington and Arizona.
Sarah Lawrence College public policy analyst Dominic Corva said sporadic marijuana farmers’ markets have appeared previously in California, but the Organicann market is the first to become a regularly held event.
“The passage of medical marijuana initiatives in combination with increasing public acceptance and careful coordination with local municipal authorities has led to an environment where cannabis, as an agricultural resource, is permitted to circulate the way other agricultural commodities are,” Corva said.
In 2010, California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana advocacy groups are currently working on constructing legalization measures that may appear on the ballot in 2014 or 2016.