Aug 18, 2016 9:20 AM

Marijuana Bartering Is Illegal, Yet So Compelling

There are many advertisement websites like Craigslist that offer a great opportunity to sell and buy everything you want. Lately, it seems like “everything” really means everything—even marijuana.

Browsing advertisements, you may stumble upon OMMP and MMJ references. Many people do not know what they mean, but further research will show you that OMMP is a shorthand for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. You may wonder what medical marijuana may have in common with marketplace deals. It turns out that weed is a rather popular barter currency on the Internet.

If a client asks you whether you are OMMP-friendly, it means that they want to buy your goods in exchange for cannabis. More and more advertisements include marijuana as a possible currency for trading. The few things that we have heard of include a Play Station console, furniture, cars, and even a doghouse being offered for weed. The number of individuals who would like to offer marijuana instead of money is constantly growing.

At the same time, these people completely ignore the fact that it is illegal to accept payment for marijuana if you are not licensed by the state. And the term “payment” includes goods bartering as well. Only state dispensaries can sell weed to adults over 21. Licensed growers have their own list of card-holding patients and dispensaries they can work with. Besides, the payment the growers receive reflects only the cost of growing marijuana.

The popularity of marijuana barter in the states with legalized cannabis is developing very fast.

In Oregon, for example, dispensaries work with a small handful of growers to provide almost all weed sold to the patients while other small-scale growers or those who cannot contact a dispensary at all find a great financial opportunity in bartering the herb for other goods online. On one side, we can understand them—the amount of time and work that they dedicate to marijuana growing is immense, and nobody wants their products to go to waste. On the other side, what they do is illegal and may lead them to jail.

The spokesman of the Oregon medical marijuana program, Jonathan Modie, says that he has not heard of this kind of bartering but is not at all surprised this exchange exists.

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