Cannabis capitalists exploit loopholes by ‘gifting’ the drug

By , on February 1, 2018


Companies are exploiting provisions in state marijuana laws that were intended to allow adults to give small amounts of the drug to each other without legal consequences. (PIXABAY Photo)
Companies are exploiting provisions in state marijuana laws that were intended to allow adults to give small amounts of the drug to each other without legal consequences. (Pixabay photo)

BOSTON — Companies are exploiting provisions in state marijuana laws that were intended to allow adults to give small amounts of the drug to each other without legal consequences.

In the Boston area, at least two companies have been operating for the past year. One sells high-priced juice that come with a free “gift” of marijuana. The other sells costly T-shirts that also come with the drug.

Elsewhere, police in Colorado Springs say they shut down 14 similar operations last year.

Morgan Fox, of the Marijuana Policy Project, says retail pot shops should make these so-called “gifting” operations obsolete.

But Leo Beletsky, a Northeastern University law professor, suggests the Trump administration’s decision not to honour state marijuana laws could be a boon for them.