The Political Economy of “Ethical” Cannabis: Supply and Demand after Three Years

How have the supply and demand trends of ethical cannabis changed over the past 3 years in Portland, OR?

Project Abstract

In recent years, ethical consumerism, the movement in which consumers privilege environmentally and socially responsible products, has expanded beyond traditional sectors (such as coffee and coao) into more illicit markets, including the cannabis industry. Workers involved in the production of cannabis have historically faced exploitation, such as indebted labor, withheld wages, and lack of access to basic resources. This study aims to understand how the market for ethical cannabis has changed in Portland, Oregon over the last three years by studying the supply and demand of ethical products. Data were collected in three ways: systematic news and literature review, structured visits to dispensaries, and manipulation of US Census Data. Researchers visited 65 randomly selected dispensaries and collected data regarding the availability of socially or environmentally responsible cannabis, product attributes, the frequency of consumer demand for such products, and the potential factors constraining or driving supply and demand of ethical products. Researchers will continue to collaborate on an industry white paper. We hope our research furthers discussions of ethical cannabis production and provides a meaningful benchmark to both the cannabis industry and the ethical purchasing movement at large.

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