Alex Mayyasi has written one of the more unusual marijuana-related articles of the year: Legal Weed is Hurting San Francisco’s Hippees:
For years, these lackadaisical inheritors of the hippy legacy have gotten by on easy weed profits in California. But street kids in the park today have to panhandle and hustle customers. Gangs are dealing in Haight-Ashbury and bringing violence to the park that was once home to the Summer of Love. There are fights and hard drugs and the system of hippie communal living and sharing is being strained by hard times. Forty six years after the end of the Summer of Love, legalized weed is threatening what’s left of its legacy.
It will be surprising to some people that legal weed is not a boon to hippees everywhere, but not to loyal RBC readers.