The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana regulation has changed radically over the last few years. Voters in Washington State and Colorado legalized marijuana in the 2012 election, and, with a prescription, almost any Californian can walk into a dispensary and buy the substance. With changing policies come new challenges regarding the economics and culture of marijuana. 

First, a regulatory angle. Six months ago, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. While legalization itself was a struggle for its proponents, the work for implementing the laws is perhaps more complicated.

Washington State Representative Roger Goodman pointed out in a recent meeting that there are no clear answers for how to regulate the recreational use of marijuana.

Creating a safe and legal market for pot, while navigating federal law, which expressly forbids the use of marijuana, is a daunting task, and something that’s never been done before. Austin Jenkins, statehouse reporter for our partner KUOW, in Olympia Washington, explains the implementation of Washington state’s legalization law.

And then we look at the economic angle. Dealers who once made their money on the wrong side of the law are finding their way in a quickly-changing industry. Marianne McCune, reporter for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, caught up with one California dealer who decided to move east, to sell marijuana where it’s still illegal, and therefore more expensive, in New York City.

Finally, dealers like the on McCune interviews have found ready customers in New York City high schools. Two of Takeaway co-producer's WNYC’s Radio Rookies, Temityao Fagbenle and Gemma Weiner, look at pot culture in two different high schools in the city: one public and one private. They compare the way teenagers buy and use marijuana, and the major differences in how schools deal with students who are caught with the substance.


Gemma Weiner, Temitayo Fagbenle, Austin Jenkins and Marianne McCune

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Jillian Weinberger

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May. 20 2014 07:05 AM
Esoteric Knowledge

There are clear answers for how to regulate marijuana. No man or government has the authority to illegalize a plant species. No man has dominion over you to deny you plants. No man has dominion over your body. No man has the God-like power to deny you God's works.

The people claiming to have this power to deny you species are liars. And they are committing a crime everyday they succeed in deceiving the public that they have more authority than God, and deny you, because of their own intellectual and moral failings.

May. 10 2013 12:40 PM
jf from ny

Marijuana is not bad for you! who cares if some people are addicted! They are also addicted to exercise, and cooking organic food... The government study in 1974 that was shut down was proving that heavy marijuana smokers had less ling cancer than non smokers. It's preventative medicine. It's like baking soda, it has a thousand uses, it probably has a thousand more. Thc kills cancer, extraction cures HIV(, treatments list:

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May. 09 2013 08:31 PM
Jim Stamm

Ed from Larchmont

Marijuana habit not linked to lung cancer

Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows

May. 09 2013 07:12 PM

Yeah if one is ignorant of the facts.

May. 09 2013 07:01 PM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

It might help to point that out, that freedom comes from knowing how to NOT get caught, and where the rules do and don't matter.

It seems to bring out the cultural difference between the social groups that end up in jail so very much more often than others...

In some social groups the idea of breaking the rules is to play a game of *not* getting caught, to see what you can get away with. It also lets you see the limits of society and the lines beyond which you're free and on your own, to build your own world.

The social groups that get caught all the time don't seem to "get it", thought, apparently from this report anyway, talk as if the reason for breaking rules is only to break the rules, and that whether they get caught or not is out of their control.

May. 09 2013 09:33 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One should note that marijuana is much harder on the lungs than ordinary cigarettes.

May. 09 2013 08:01 AM

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