Protestors, in turn, were heard explaining to the company that giant corporate operators -- who can legally sell a product that others are still, to this day, being sent to jail around the country simply for possessing -- using the term "Farmer's Market" to describe an event run by companies worth, in some cases, tens of millions of dollars, with no farmers involved, is an abuse of the term and constitutes an aggressive form of appropriation.
At some point in the discussion, Resinate staff were heard by witnesses asking if the protestors had a permit in their possession and, when the answer came back in the negative, police were then called.
Police left the scene soon after and no action was taken, as one would expect under the fairly onerous standards imposed on government agencies in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Ominique Garner, one of the organizers of the protest and a local farmer who advocates for equity, market access and racial justice in the cannabis sector said her frustration with the event was rooted in the blatant disregard of community input demonstrated by Resinate and their dispensary partners,
"At the end of the day this behavior is disgusting”, said Garner, “This cannabis industry was built on the back of
farmers who are already being exploited in the traditional agricultural space and that is why we, specifically, were placed at the center of the law that legalized adult use cannabis in this state.”
Garner continued, "[t]his is clearly appropriation because socially disadvantaged farmers are being decimated, after being promised access to this new market, and now these corporate actors in the cannabis industry are
basically dancing on our graves while using a term that is sacred to us.”
Other advocates in the grassroots cannabis community were also shaken at the news, including Lorna McCafferty who lives in the area and testified previously in support of multiple community initiatives at legislative and regulatory hearings. Said McCafferty, "[i]t was because of decades of direct action, peaceful, protest that dispensaries like Resinate were able to operate to begin with. To see a disrespect of that legacy, directed towards members of our very own grassroots community no less, shocks the conscience."
A request for comment has been sent to Resinate after initial emails to a listed inbox were returned as undeliverable and this story will be updated.