Crime & Justice

Injunction blocks Los Angeles marijuana farmers market

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A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has issued a preliminary injunction to halt a marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights. 

A group called the West Coast Collective is behind the market, which popped up over the Fourth of July weekend — and drew lots of media attention. 

City Attorney Mike Feuer sought the injunction claiming the market violates Proposition D, a voter-approved measure that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles.

Handing down the decision, the judge said the collective's managers did not provide evidence they'd undergone mandatory electronic fingerprinting,  known as LiveScans.

David Welch, the collective's attorney, said the ruling doesn't mean the battle is over.

"The court did not find any issue with the way the farmers market was operated," Welch said. "The issue again is LiveScan compliance. And as soon as my clients comply with the LiveScans to the court's desire, we intend to go back prove to the the court that they've complied with LiveScan and continue to operate as they have prior."

In a statement, Feuer called the preliminary injunction a victory in the continued enforcement of Proposition D.​

"This is another victory in our continued enforcement of Proposition D," Feuer said in the release. "L.A. residents voted to take sensible steps to limit the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries, and we're doing just that."

This story has been updated.