Can Washington’s gift economy in marijuana work?

Supporters of the Washington approach hope the city will enjoy the benefits of legalization without creating a well-organized commercial machine
20 March 2015
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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. The district’s lawmakers aren’t happy about the process, but maybe they should be pleased about the outcome.

Friday, March 20, 2015
The New York Times (US)