• Can Washington’s Gift Economy in Marijuana Work? (The New York Times)

    by  • March 21, 2015 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Even staunch opponent to marijuana legalization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) opposes the criminalization of marijuana. This articles explores contending minds on the issue of marijuana legalization, and why one advocate believes noncommercial legalization is the most viable alternative to the commercial legalization of pot.

    Edited By DAVID LEONHARDT | March 20, 2015

    It sounds like an idea a stoner might come up with.

    In Washington, D.C., it’s now legal to possess marijuana, to grow it, to smoke it and to give it away. But you’re not allowed to trade in it. You can give your neighbor up to an ounce, but if he gives you money or even bakes you a pie in exchange, that’s illegal.

    The District of Columbia has legalized marijuana — but is trying not to create a market in marijuana. It’s aiming for a gift economy, not unlike what you might experience at Burning Man, but permanently.

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