Category: Marijuana

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 2, Government actions versus market reactions

22 November, 2013 (12:58) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, Easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, Marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13,  Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, in cities the micro hits the macro all the time, because each of us operates independently, and […]

Month in Review, October 2013: Part 1, Private rights versus public rights

21 November, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, Cyprus, Easement, Eurozone, Homelessness, Hotels, Marijuana, New York City, Portland, Rental, San Francisco, Zoning |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Sept 13, Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13, May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13,]   By:David A. Smith   ‘Constructive and destructive tensions’ might have been the theme of October’s posts, and indeed that is a rising theme of all these posts.  At the heart of […]

Seed money

18 October, 2013 (09:00) | Economics, Ecosystem, Emerging markets, Finance, Formalization, Informality, Innovations, Law, Mafia, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Microfinance, Speculation, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Now that medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, people can buy it – can’t they?    It’s true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn’t be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that’s […]

Ask the voters who legalized Mary Jane

26 November, 2012 (17:06) | Apartments, Boston, Enforcement, Inclusionary zoning, Landlords, Law, Leases, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Regulation, Rental, Torts, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   By fits and starts, out of fiscal necessity (dressed up in compassion and tolerance) America is legalizing marijuana – and as the collapse of an order is often more chaotic than its establishment, the law we Massachusetts voters just passed is already giving landlords headaches, as revealed in this snickering article […]

Who grows there? Part 2, the community’s response

6 June, 2012 (16:07) | California, Crime, Entrepreneur, Foreclosure, Homeownership, Housing, Marijuana, Markets, Occupancy, US News, Value chain |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post smoked out the issue, latent in a New York Times story about marijuana grow houses, that illegal activity (even if it’s the most unassuming and seemingly peaceful) is a community risk, and one that proliferates when communities decline and are riddled with vacant […]