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Nonprofit Motive: How to Avoid a Likely and Dangerous Corporate Takeover of the Legal Marijuana Market

Summary

The standard debate about marijuana legalization has been “Should we, or shouldn’t we?” For better and for worse, the country appears to be moving toward answering that question in the affirmative. The next logical question is, or ought to be, “What sorts of organizations do we want to supply that legal marijuana?” The debate typically skips past that crucial question and presumes that legal cannabis will be produced and sold by for-profit companies—with the government setting some regulatory limits such as restricting access to minors. Colorado and Washington, the two states where voters have already approved legalization, have gone this commercial route.

Subject
Cannabis
Year
2014
Client/Sponsor
GiveWell and Good Ventures - Washington Office on Latin America
Type
Magazine Article

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