The business of getting high: head shops, countercultural capitalism, and the marijuana legalization movement

  title={The business of getting high: head shops, countercultural capitalism, and the marijuana legalization movement},
  author={Joshua Clark Davis},
  journal={The Sixties},
  pages={27 - 49}
  • J. C. Davis
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Political Science, History
  • The Sixties
In the late 1960s and 1970s, countercultural entrepreneurs in the United States sold paraphernalia for enhancing LSD trips or for smoking marijuana at small stores called head shops. These accessories of alternative lifestyles provided hippies with a totemic material culture they could call their own. Head shop owners hoped their countercultural wares and atmosphere would provide hippies with desperately needed public spaces where they could gather in peace without being harassed. More… 

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