Lecture | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 820/Social Science Matrix
Dr. Erica Lagalisse, Postdoctoral Fellow, London School of Economics
Michael Polson, Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Erica Lagalisses ongoing multi-sited ethnographic research of both medical(ized) and black-market marijuana production, distribution and consumption suggests that the legalization of marijuana functions as a form of frontier capitalism. Traditional producers are not granted rights to the marijuana strains and products they have developed; their appropriation by elites constitutes a form of primitive accumulation. This process is facilitated by traditional producers being cast as violent while new white, wealthy, corporate marijuana entrepreneurs are described as safe through constructed associations with medicine, purity, and healingconstructions of health are always political, class-making devices, brought to inaugurate class rights and the respectability of some at the expense of others.
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