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Posted: Friday, 04 July 2014 5:05PM

Los Angeles Opens Area's First Marijuana Farmers Market



iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Medical marijuana users in Los Angeles will now be able to buy pot directly from a farmers market the same way they purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.

The California Heritage Market, set to be held at the West Coast Collective in a 15,000 square-foot open-air venue, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this weekend starting Friday, according to Adam Henry, general manager of the market.

"This is a chance for patients to learn directly from the growers," Henry told ABC News. "Also, you get much competitive prices."

Henry said patients can get one gram of marijuana for seven dollars at the market, compared to $20 in dispensaries.

"We cut down the price of overhead and middle man," Henry said. "You need guards at dispensaries. You need employees. Rent is expensive. That drivers up costs."

Some 50 vendors are at the market Friday selling everything from fresh buds to baked goods.

Henry said the market is completely legal, as it is not located within 100 feet of schools or 600 feet of parks, which is required by the city of Los Angeles.

The market is free to enter, but not open to the public. Customers will have to show their ID and medical marijuana recommendation upon arrival.


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