SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- A marijuana farmer’s market was set to open in Spokane Valley Friday, but threats kept the landlord from setting up shop.
The Cannabis Farmer’s Market was supposed to open at 11 a.m. on the 8000 block of E. Sprague.
Medical marijuana isn’t a new concept. It is legal to use if it is prescribed by a medical professional. The farmer’s market was intended to open only for medical marijuana card holders.
But the landlord was surprised to receive a cease and desist order from the U.S. Attorney’s Office citing violation of federal law. But organizers said they were compliant with the law. The landlord said had he opened the shop, he could have been charged with aiding and abetting drug trafficking. He said he was forced to post a letter of eviction to the vendors.
Those who rely on medical marijuana said they just want a safe place to go.
“When you go out on the street, you don’t know what you are getting or whether it’s been dipped in formaldehyde. When you come to the market, they have standards,” said medical marijuana patient Tricia Rogers.
Several cannabis markets already operate in Western Washington. The Spokane market organizers argue they are being discriminated against.
Organizers said they want to collect signatures from patients which would allow them to move forward with the market. They also planned to reach out to the ACLU.