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California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses

Mark-Stambler

California is actually taking a step in the right direction? Unbelievable! Please note, however, that first they take your right to work from your home away, then graciously return your right, albeit, (of course), with the proviso that you get a permit.  – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

This article comes from Forbes.com

by Nick Sibilla

A government official appears at a man’s door.  The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home.

This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles.

For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread.  The ingredients are simple: distilled water, sea salt, wild yeast and organic grains.  Stambler even mills the grain himself.  To make it easier to steam loaves, he built a wood-fired oven in his own backyard.  Stambler’s loaves came in first place at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair.

Soon after that, Stambler got the idea to expand his hobby into a home business, which became Pagnol Boulanger.  Word of mouth spread.  In June 2011, The Los Angeles Times profiled Stambler and his bread in a full-page feature.

Unlike his bread, that profile was bittersweet.  He was busted the very next day.  As he described it, the health department “descended like a ton of bricks on the two stores that were selling my bread…they could no longer sell my bread.

An inspector from the health department even showed up at his doorstep to make sure “no bread baking was taking place.”  For the next 18 months, Pagnol Boulanger was forced to go on hiatus.

That’s when he “became an activist,” Stambler said in an email interview.

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5 comments

  1. They had no LAWFUL right to do so.

    It is very important to know the difference between the terms “lawful”, and “legal”, to understand the definitions of each:

    The US Constitution references genuine, natural law; it is lawful here in the USA.
    “Lawful”: in accordance with the law of the land; according to the law; permitted, sanctioned, or justified by law.

    “Legal”: the “color of law”, “appearance of law”, “pretense of law without the substance of lawfulness”, “misuse of power made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state”.

    Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th Edition, defines ‘color of law’ as: “The appearance or semblance, without the substance, of legal right. Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of state law and made possible only because wrongdoer is clothed with authority of state, is action taken under “color of law.”

  2. I’ve owned a cafe in FL, I prefer laws are in place when it comes to preparing and serving food.
    If he is giving it away is one thing but selling it he needs his home inspected, licensed just as caters and eateries in the food industry, plus those little hotdog and taco stands on the side of the road which I’d pass on that. Just because they are licensed doesn’t mean they make or supervise that all employees wash their hands and not cross contaminate plus keep milk and meat at the right temperatures.. Some laws we need when it comes to health. I still have a dream to produce sauces, breads etc and know I have to be able to afford a health approved facility.

  3. People have a right to make, buy and sell whatever they want. If the consumers don’t like someone’s product, then word will get around and that provider will either improve or will have to get out of the business. As long as no fraud, theft or aggression is used, government bureaucrats should leave them alone. That’s how it would be in a free society – the consumer rules, not the bureaucrat.

  4. I agree with Scott.
    If you want to cook and provide food, You should do so in a safe and manageable way. I think those who want to show off their abilities with food would want to do it in a safe way. Its a matter of trust. If you are a money seeking idiot, you will fail.
    The government has no business sticking its nose in our business. That’s a fact under the constitution.

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