The Careful Dealer
The Beginnerís Guide to Marijuana Distribution
By Kalin Ringkvist
My website: www.isellpot.ws
ďItís not a war on drugs, itís a war on personal freedom. Keep that in mind at all times.Ē
††††††††††† -Bill Hicks
The target audience for this book are brand new marijuana dealers and those of you who wish to break into the field but just donít know where to start. Itís intended mostly for people who arenít trying to make a career out of marijuana distribution, but just want a little side income or free smoke. However, experienced dealers, and big-time dealers might learn a thing or two as well, and get another perspective on the business. General pot smokers can also benefit from the chapter on dealing with police, or if they wish to know how dealers think so they can evaluate them to find the cheapest and safest hookup. This book focuses on marijuana dealing, but most of it can apply to all illegal drugs.
††††††††††† While I do make the claim that the suggestions in this book can greatly reduce your chances of getting busted, it is not a fool-proof system. As with everything in life there are always risks. This should go without saying, but do not hold me responsible for your choices.
††††††††††† Do not use this manual as though it were instructions for a VCR. Every situation is different, every customer, every dealer and every city are all different. This is not a step-by-step manual, and I am not the end-all authority on marijuana dealing. Use your brain and your instincts every step of the way.
††††††††††† Also note that some of this book will seem overly paranoid, and this is probably true. Itís not necessary to follow absolutely every suggestion I lay down, because thereís always going to be risks and worrying about every little thing isnít what life is about. Just remember to keep everything that I have to say in mind, and understand the risks before you do anything.
As with most of my writing I use the non-gender-specific personal pronouns, Pe and Per in places where I talk of someone who could be either male or female. Itís not a bunch of typos; Iím just weird like that. Youíll get used to it.
††††††††††† I do want to retain basic copyrights on this work, though I donít expect money for it. If this book helps you in your travels Iíd appreciate payment in the form of you sending your friends to visit www.isellpot.ws. You may copy and distribute this book in any way you see fit (in fact I encourage you to pass out copies, either digital or printed, to as many friends as you can) as long as my name and website link remain at the top of the book. If you change or add anything to this book, please contact me and send me a copy.
This book is a work in progress. If you have any questions, anything to add or if thereís anything you disagree with or if you just want to add one of your own anecdotes, please, email me. Donít be afraid. I would like to find ways of improving and updating this manual.†
The Decision to Start Dealing:
There are lots of different reasons people choose to start selling marijuana. To save money on smoke or to make a little side cash, obviously, are the main ones. But there are many more. For a few wonderful people, just the joy of providing their friends with access to marijuana is reward enough, or the knowledge that theyíre helping to fight government tyranny. The feeling of rebellion can be tremendously rewarding. Another major reason to start is simply to become more popular and bring a little excitement into your life.
††††††††††† Also, the skills you learn in a year or two of drug dealing can benefit the rest of your life. Drug dealers can become good judges of character, and learning what types of people you can trust is crucial in many areas of life. The social skills you learn are very helpful, as is the ability to apply mathematical concepts to your life, and the money management skills. Self-control, and the ability to say no and be firm, are also both important skills a good drug dealer learns over time. Drug dealing also teaches and promotes something psychologists call post-conventional moral reasoning, which is a personís ability to look beyond governmentís laws and social prejudices in order to understand the true difference between right and wrongówhich in my opinion is absolutely vital to maintaining a rewarding life. And perhaps, most importantly, risk assessment abilitiesóthe skill a good dealer learns to break choices down and assess them based on actual risks and possibilities instead of emotions and preconceptions.
Before you ever make your first deal, however, you must ask yourself one question: If by some freak circumstances you were to get arrested for selling pot, would you have the courage to bite the bullet and go to jail and refuse to work with the police?
††††††††††† Too many people donít bother to ask this question before they get in over their heads, and donít understand that police will stop at nothing to get them to turn in their friends. They will believe all the lies the police feed them and wind up making their own situation significantly worse.
††††††††††† If you have any question about your moral stamina, you should think long and hard about your decision to start selling.
My goal, however, is not to scare you out of starting in the business. Itís actually fairly easy to avoid being busted if you follow most of my suggestions, and even if you are busted, as long as you remember not to speak until you have a lawyer, itís usually very easy to weasel out of a conviction or get away with a slap on the wrist. Most of the weapons the government uses against drug dealers are just scare tactics.
But thereís other things to consider before you start dealing: your individual safety level, first and foremost. Do you have parents who are ready to call the cops to try to teach you a lesson, or a nosy next-door neighbor? Are you already a target for police? Do you have a problem of running red lights? Do you like to wear ripped Pantera shirts with a jean jacket and spikes, or do you wear slacks and a shirt with an alligator on it? One type of person attracts cops quicker than the other.
Another major consideration is your family situation. There are certainly countless teenagers that sell pot and hide it from their parents. I donít approve of hiding or lying, but sometimes people can be very closed minded and there is no other option. I imagine there are people who deal but hide it from their spouses. This is a very bad idea. You probably wouldnít be able to hide it from a boyfriend/girlfriend or anyone you live with, and would wind up causing problems in the relationship. Vengeful exes are also a very common way that people get busted.
And you must ask yourself about the consequences of someone finding out who doesnít approve. Would you cause per to stop and think and to open per mind or would you cause per to yell, scream and panic or call an intervention?
Ask yourself if you have a safe place to make the deals. You must ask yourself if you wish to sell from your home, make deliveries, or both. For small time dealers, selling from your home is often best, because you have control over the environment and the police usually need a warrant to do anything to you in your home. This is a problem, however, if your customers donít wish to wait for the required half hour in your home, or if you have so many of them as to attract your neighborís attention. A second choice is your own car. Itís more convenient, but not as secure. Cops can pull you over and search you with very little evidence. Dealing becomes more dangerous when youíre forced to rely on other people to provide the deal locations. I donít recommend this line of work if youíre going to need to make lots of deals in parking lots or other-peopleís cars.
Do you have prior convictions that would add time to your sentence if you happened to get busted?
Do you have a desire to go into any field where a drug conviction would destroy your career? Would you lose your current job if convicted for dealing?
The final thing to consider in your decision to start selling illegal drugs is your own personality. Do you have the self-discipline to avoid smoking your profit? Do you have the skills to read people and decide if theyíre trustworthy, and do you have the courage to refuse service, even when theyíre waving money in your face? Do you know how to listen to your gut? Do you have basic math skills and the ability to keep track of your money?
But most importantly, you must ask yourself if you have the required connections. You canít go out and turn over an ounce if you donít have any reliable way of buying an ounce. Since it can be risky to aggressively seek suppliers, itís best not to think about selling pot yourself until you have someone you can trust that you know can hook you up with the quantity you need.
So just take a few minutes to think about these questions before making any decisions.
††††††††††† Obviously your situation can never be ideal. Iíve seen a lot of people get into the business without a clue about what they were doing and not see any serious consequences. Your decision to start selling pot all depends on the amount of risk youíre willing to take as compared to the money or other benefits. Some of us like to feel safe and secure and the thought of a night in jail and 100 hours of community service is one step up from hell, while others need risks in order to feel alive. Assess your personal risk level, read the rest of this book, and take a long look at the decision from a logical standpoint.
Finding a Supplier:
One difficulty in writing a drug dealerís manual is the fact that there are so many subtleties involved that are very difficult to explain. This is one of the harder sections to put into words.
††††††††††† Basically, if people like you and trust you, theyíll be willing to sell to you, and hopefully give you fair deals. If they donít like you or donít trust you, they will generally claim that they do not sell pot at all, or that they happen to be out at that moment.
††††††††††† So how do you get them to like and trust you? My best advice for this is the best advice for dating as well: just be yourself. Be open and honest. A good drug dealer will trust per gut, and if youíre acting phony, peís likely to pick up on it.
††††††††††† Then simply ask everybody you can think of, starting with the people you already know who sell pot, or know lots of people who do. Iíve found hookups from very unexpected places. And remember all of the following six rules. Memorize them. Some dealers wonít require you to follow all of them, but until you discuss it with per, itís best to follow every single one.
1.†††††††† Respect your dealer or hookup and per paranoia. If peís selling pot to you, peís taking a lot more risk than you are.
2.†††††††† Never show up without calling.
3.†††††††† Never bring over unfamiliar people. Do not bring your children, as the penalties for committing drug crimes in front of children are greater. Do not leave anyone waiting in a car, even if itís a couple blocks away.
4.†††††††† Never say anything over the telephone, even something like "could you help me out with something?" If the cops have a phone tapped, they're going to know what you're talking about. Most dealers require their customers to keep their mouths shut over the phone line, saying nothing more telling than "Can I come over to visit?" But even if you only say that much a steady dealer will probably know what you want.
4.†††††††† Always ask for drugs in person, and in complete privacy, or wait for the dealer to bring up the subject. Just because a dealer is hanging out with people, doesn't mean pe trusts them.
5.†††††††† Never stay less than half an hour in a dealer's home. One major way that people get busted is by having too many people coming and going from their house. Drug dealers are people, not convenience stores.
††††††††††† The six rules are the things that will piss off a dealer and make per quit selling to you, plus bring added risk for both of you. The following are my suggestions on how to act to make the dealer like you better, beyond per safety concerns.
1.†††††††† Never beg or act desperate. Dealers generally feel uncomfortable selling to people who do not have healthy relationships with their drug.
2.†††††††† Be yourself. Don't try to act young and hip if you're old. Don't act black if you're white. Don't pretend to be an experienced user if you're still experimenting. When you ask someone for drugs, pe will look you in the eye and ask perself, "Is this guy for real? Does pe look like a phony?"
3.†††††††† Don't be a greedy hog. The first few sacks that you buy from a dealer are going to be the smallest. Once your dealer gets to know you, pe will probably hook you up more generously, but the first few buys are the most important if you wish to create a lasting relationship. Match bowls with the dealer, or offer to smoke a bowl out of your sack. Don't complain about your sack. Just buy it or don't buy it, but apologize for wasting per time if you donít buy it.
Thereís also little things you can do to appear more professional. Always having cash on-hand is a big plus in the eyes of most suppliers. Some prefer that you face your bills in the same direction for easier counting and organization.
††††††††††† Beyond that, thereís not a lot of advice I can give you on finding suppliers. Youíve got to know the right people, and youíve got to have good social skills. I canít help with that.
††††††††††† Once you find a safe and reliable dealer, itís best to try to hang onto that connection, even if you buy from others as well. The more suppliers you have the more competition they will have and the more likely theyíll offer you better deals.
Occasionally youíll find a dealer or customer who just doesnít trust you. If pe is an open and honest person, pe will tell you to your face, and allow you the opportunity to defend yourself; otherwise you might hear about per distrust through a mutual friend. Either way, my strong suggestion is to NEVER allow yourself to become mad or offended because someone doesnít trust you, no matter what the reasons. If someone doesnít trust you right away, or asks you question after question in an attempt to get a feel for you, or interrogates your friends about you, or wants a complete tour of your house before getting down to business, these are all VERY good signs. It shows the dealer is thinking, and isnít willing to take unnecessary risks. It shows that pe is not an idiot; and the last thing you want is an idiot for a supplier.
††††††††††† But keep in mind, too, that undercovers and narcs often show a certain amount of distrust to make themselves more realistic.
††††††††††† And you must keep in mind that there are different aspects to trust. Just because you trust someone not to turn you into the cops, doesnít necessarily mean you can trust the person to keep per mouth shut, and doesnít necessarily mean pe wonít try to rip you off. And just because you can trust someone to not purposefully do something to you, doesnít necessarily mean you can trust per not to do something stupid, like put your name and number in per stash jar, then drop it on the sidewalk.
Weed on the Front:
Almost all dealers prefer that you have the money for the pot as soon as you buy it, but a few trusting souls will front the pot to you, and allow you to pay for it after you sell it. Very often, however, they will add a small tax for the privilege.
††††††††††† There are advantages and disadvantages to having weed fronted to you.
††††††††††† If a dealer is willing to front to you, it almost always means peís not working with the cops (at least not on that particular deal). Cops would rarely give you weed unless theyíre taking your money and arresting you at the same time. (However, I imagine this changes when people get into the big-time and the police start using more fancy trickery.)
††††††††††† Another advantage, of course is that you donít need to have the money right then, if you canít afford to start dealing on your own.
††††††††††† The problem with fronts come when you start taking too long to pay the dealer back, or when you stop thinking about your weed as being real money, and you start smoking it all and wind up in debt. If you screw up on the first front, only the stupidest of dealers will front to you again, and many will raise their prices on you. So itís very important to pay a dealer back in a timely fashion. Many people get into trouble when they expect it to sell faster than it does.
††††††††††† Thereís also the risk of retribution if you stiff the dealer entirely. With quantities under five or six hundred dollars, dealers donít usually enact much vengeance, but above those markers is anybodyís guess. Stiffing a dealer, obviously, is not something you should ever do for ethical reasons. But also, if you stiff a dealer, youíve lost that connection, and if your other friends find out what youíve done, theyíre far less likely to trust you, and therefore less likely to buy from you or sell to you, and far more likely to narc you off to the police if they ever get in trouble themselves.
††††††††††† The point of being fronted drugs, in my opinion, is to save up the money so that you can start working with your own money, which is much simpler.
Remember what Chris Rock said, ďDrug dealers donít sell drugs. Drugs sell themselves.Ē
††††††††††† And heís right.
††††††††††† Thereís one point that I cannot stress enough: DONíT SELL TO STRANGERS. If you do, you might make some quick money, but eventually the police will seek you out as an easy bust. If youíre careful about who you sell to, the police usually wonít take the time to come after you.
††††††††††† So who can you sell to?
Anybody you know you can trust.
But how do you know who you can trust?
††††††††††† Try looking at the situation from the other personís perspective. Does pe care about you enough to never consider narcing you off to the cops, even if pe were in great trouble perself? If you take the time to consider per personality and how long youíve known each other and your emotional closeness, and you are convinced pe would never do such a thing to you, then peís probably as safe a bet as any.
††††††††††† Family members are always good, co-workers, and long-time friends. Itís best to know where they live and have a connection to someone they love, but these things arenít necessary if youíre truly confident you can trust the person.
And who should you avoid selling to?
People who are addicted to other drugs are usually bad customers, especially crank and meth heads. They tend to care more about that other drug than they do about you or your marijuana. Theyíre also more likely to get arrested and become desperate to get out of their charge.
Other people to avoid are ones who commit a lot of other crimes, especially crimes with actual victims. Make a special point to stay away from thieves who donít seem to have morals about what they steal. Someone who shoplifts from Wal-Mart is not even close to the same threat as someone who would mug an old lady, or rip off one of per friends. I think that many people steal once in a while through their lives, but most have at least some morals about it. So evaluating a personís moral values and moral stamina is crucial in deciding who you can sell to.
A few warning signs for people to steer clear of: if someone tells a story about ripping off another dealer, thereís a chance peíll try to rip you off. If someone talks too much about trust and about how pe trusts you so much and about how peís such a trustworthy person et-cetera. Listen to what people say. They will drop many hints about their moral viewpoints.
I once worked with a man who lied to his wife about a number of things, and one day we were smoking pot on the back porch at work, talking about the possibility of getting caught by the owner, and he said ďThereís one thing Iíve learned through life, if youíre ever in trouble, just bullshit. Lie. Bullshitting can get you out of anything.Ē
This statement that he made was a blatant warning sign for me, and I ignored it. Months later he talked me into fronting him an ounce, then fed me lie after lie about why he couldnít pay me. Every day Iíd ask and every day he came up with a new story in an attempt to make me feel sorry for him and his financial situation.
My point: stay the hell away from people who think itís okay to tell lies in their daily lives. People who lie about the fact that they smoke pot on a job application, or to get through the Canadian border are usually fine, but if theyíre willing to lie to their spouse, thatís a real warning sign.
So once you figure out who you want as a customer, how do you get per to buy from you?
This is another area where there is a great deal of subtlety.
When people look for dealers, they are looking for someone friendly, respectful, professional, safe, reliable, and convenient. More importantly theyíre looking for the person who will sell them the fattest sack. You must provide these things.
But donít be a pusher. Once you start hassling people to buy your weed, they lose respect for you and simply become irritated. Also, never blatantly steal another dealerís customers. Healthy competition is fine, and if you sell fatter sacks, itís okay to tell people, but not while the dealer is around. This is the time for subtlety.
Donít plan on making any money for your first few ounces. Plan on smoking or sharing most of your profits. Start with the people you think you can trust that you know smoke pot, then simply pack a bowl or two and smoke them out. In the middle of the bowl, after theyíve had a few tokes, mention that you bought a whole ounce of this stuff. Then just be open and honest. Tell them about your situation, and that you want to start dealing, but donít really know how. Ask for advice on selling pot. Ask their opinion on the weed theyíre smoking. Then tell them how much youíve decided to weigh your sacks. Basically, just drop hints. Itís usually rude to directly ask a person to buy your drugs, especially people you donít know very well.
If your target customers donít seem interested, just be patient. Smoke them out again, increase the weight of your sacks and drop the hints all over again. In most situations, if you can offer a heavier sack or higher quality pot than what theyíre already buying, even if itís only a fifth of a gram difference, theyíll switch over and start buying from you.
Basically, acquiring customers comes from letting all your friends know that you have weed and are available to sell it at reasonable prices, without being too blatant or risky about it.
Street dealing, of course, is a whole other game. You can make a lot of money street dealing, but in my opinion, itís far too risky. I do not recommend street dealing.
Ethics in Drug Dealing:
Despite movies like Half-Baked and Jay and Silent Bob that show drug dealers as warm hearted heroes, and the work that organizations like NORML do to open peopleís minds, there is still a percentage of the public that thinks drug dealers are evil souls, preying on the people without self-control, and more people who think that most drug dealers are selfish and lazy. Ignorance, unfortunately, still pervades our society.†
††††††††††† As a result, ethics become doubly important to the drug dealer. It is our responsibility to put the stigma to rest.
††††††††††† Also, cops and narcs alike generally have a choice of who they chase after, and they tend to feel better about themselves busting someone who doesnít run per business in an ethical manner.
Most of the ethics involved in drug dealing are pretty obvious, but should be stated anyway. Donít rip people off; donít pad your sacks with catnip or oregano; donít lie about how much it weighs; donít claim something is Alaskan Thunderfuck when you actually donít have a clue; if getting drugs on the front, repay your debts in a timely fashion.
If you happen to get into the big time, and start using marijuana distribution as a replacement for a regular job, make sure you keep in mind that you are feeding off a glitch in society, a glitch that destroys countless lives. If you find yourself with extra time and extra money as a result of dealing, remember to give a little something back to society. Contribute to NORML or other freedom minded organizations or donate your time to other sources that help the community. If youíve been dealing for more than a few years, thereís a good chance the police know about you, and if they see you using your business to do good things, theyíre going to spend their time chasing after someone that they could convince a jury is a bad person.
††††††††††† Much of the ethics involved in drug dealing revolve around your attitudes. Make sure you ALWAYS vote for every pro-marijuana initiative. When you start hoping that it never becomes legal because youíre afraid of not being able to make money off it, you know your moral values are too far off kilter. Money may be a good day-to-day motivator, but the real reason to sell pot should always be to help fight government tyranny.†
††††††††††† Make sure to respect your customers and treat them fairly. Donít give puny sacks to someone just because you think peís young and ignorant (or old and ignorant) or donít have anyone else pe can ask. This should go without saying, but donít judge people based on race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. You are an equal-opportunity dealer.
††††††††††† There will be times when your customers start to irritate you, but youíre still under an obligation to be friendly and reasonable, just like if you were a manager at a clothing store.
††††††††††† I personally feel itís okay to give varying weights to different people depending on how much risk they put you under. If they canít follow your rules and respect your individual paranoia then perhaps they shouldnít get as fat a sack as everyone else. But remember to be open and honest about this, and work out a solid system with clearly defined rules.
††††††††††† Some people donít think itís okay to do this and believe you should either sell to a person or donít. If they put you under too much risk, ask them to change their habits or stop calling. So this option is up for debate.
††††††††††† There is also the issue of addiction, especially if you sell drugs other than marijuana, and other drug-interaction problems. If someone has a problem with the drug, youíre under an obligation to talk to per about it, and let per know you think pe has a problem and make it clear that you wonít be offended if pe stops buying from you. This is why I only sell marijuana, because this problem rarely, if ever, presents itself. Sometimes people start spending money they canít afford to spend on marijuana, but if you see someone doing this, simply refuse to front anything to per, forcing per to actually have the money before pe spends it.
††††††††††† Basically, my point is, donít be a pusher. Donít feed off other peopleís problems; but at the same time, respect their right to make their own choices. Marijuana (and other drugs) should make people happy, and if they donít, someone has a problem.
Honesty and Lies
In general, I am a big supporter of honesty, and believe that in almost every situation through all walks of life, a lie does far more damage than itís worth. Especially in close relationships. I would never recommend lying to a spouse, but there are a few situations where itís necessary to lie in your drug dealing. The most common is probably the teenager lying to per parents. There are still closed minded parents out there that tweak out at the thought that their kid is smoking potóas though itís ever killed anyone in all of history or humans of all ages havenít been smoking it for thousands of years.
††††††††††† If it is necessary for you to lie to a family member, you need to keep the long-term goal of eventually becoming honest with that family member. This may take years, and you may have to drop subtle hints a hundred times, but if you have family that care about you but donít approve of dealing, they still deserve to know what youíre doing. You donít need to throw it in their faces and you donít need to tell them right away or even in the first few years, but ultimately your goal should be to change your familyís attitudes about marijuana, and bring people around to a more logical and compassionate manner of thinking.
††††††††††† Remember that anyone whoís making money off of drugs being illegal is under a moral obligation to fight for decriminalization. And charity starts in the home, as the saying goes, so your first obligation is to support legalization on the homefront and attempt to change peopleís attitudes.
Another situation where I believe itís okay to lie is over the phone, when you believe it is being tappedóor even are just suspicious. Itís not wrong to tell someone that youíre out, or that youíve quit selling, if itís not true and the person just didnít understand that youíre not supposed to ask about drugs over the phone. You can then decide to either cut the person off entirely or just show up later at per house and ask the customer not to ask questions the next time.
Also at times when you believe your safety is at stake. If, for example, you suspect someone of being a narc or an undercover, itís not a bad idea to tell per you quit and make things look like youíve completely quit the business.†
The final situation where I believe lying is morally acceptable is if you get busted for a drug crime, and wind up with a record. Government papers and job applications, for example. My personal opinion is that since these drug laws are not constitutional, stand against everything the Unites States is supposed to stand for, based on lies themselves, and are just flat out morally wrong, it is perfectly acceptable to deny their entire existence. I feel that we have a duty to our country to fight these laws any way we can, and unfortunately, lying is one of the weapons we must use from time to time.
Doctoring your product
Some people consider doctoring of weed to be immoral, and with good reason. However, sometimes youíll come across some low-quality, seedy, stemmy, ultra-dry weed at a great price. Instead of letting this stuff go to waste, you can make your customers very happy by re-hydrating the pot, then de-seeding it, de-stemming it and selling it at the same profit margin you would for regular weed.
††††††††††† However, when youíre dealing with re-hydrated weed be careful not to skimp the customer because of it. Doctoring of your weed should only be used to give the customer a higher quality product, or fatter sack, and not to increase your profit margins. Your profits will increase indirectly, as more people are happy with your product. This is why you shouldnít doctor up weed thatís already high quality, even if it is a little dry.
††††††††††† The most common way to re-hydrate pot is to put it in an air-tight plastic container in the refrigerator with a couple of orange peels. Wait a couple days, stirring occasionally, and check the dryness. Add more orange peel until your pot is the perfect smoking moisture. Be very careful not to over-moisten, however, and pay close attention, checking twice daily to make sure it hasnít over-moistened and molded. You never want to sell moldy pot or pot thatís so moist itís likely to become moldy.
††††††††††† Keeping low-quality Mexican weed in the same air-tight container with high-quality pot can sometimes make the Mexican smell and taste better, while not noticeably changing the chronic. But this can take weeks sometimes.
††††††††††† One more thing that you can do, but shouldnít do, is kiefing. This is where you use a specially-made box with a very fine mesh screen that filters the hairs and crystals off of buds. Some despicable dealers do this before selling the bud, so they can keep the good stuff from the pot and their customers get stuck with weed that doesnít get them high. So donít kief your bud unless you plan on smoking the buds yourself. I know itís tempting, but things like this come back around, if not in the form of karma, then in the form of a pissed off customer who wants to steal your stash or turn you into the cops.
Hopefully by the
time youíre considering selling pot, you already know how to tell the good weed
from the bad.
††††††††††† Remember, the drier the better. The drier the bud, the less water-weight, meaning the more THC for the buck. If your customers complain about it being too dry, tell them about the orange-peel trick. Most customers, however, understand that drier is always better.
One thing, however, that many people forget, is that big buds equal big stems. If possible, try to buy weed that has mostly small, reasonably sized buds. On the other hand, having lots of shake in a sack is usually a negative thing, however, there are certain joint-smokers out there who prefer to buy bud as shake. If youíre forced to buy pot with lots of shake, ask your customers if they mind, and give extra to the people that like the shake or donít care one way or the other.
††††††††††† †Often times, youíll come to situations where you have a couple different choices for purchasing. Often times a high quality, but more expensive product and a low quality one. Itís best to keep your individual customers in mind when making decisions, because some prefer fatter sacks and some prefer dankier weed. Try to satisfy the majority.
All you really need to start selling weed is your brain, your gut and some weed to sell. However, it becomes complicated and inconvenient if you donít have an accurate way of measuring or something to put the weed in (i.e. baggies). Baggies, obviously, are cheap, but a good scale is not. You can buy cheap balance or spring scales at headshops or online for less than $30 and often less than $10 but theyíre not accurate enough, they donít last very long, and theyíre difficult to use. One of these cheap alternatives might be good for you if you donít know if you really want to get into the business long term, or if you just want to approximate the sacks and arenít in it for the money.
††††††††††† A good scale, like these two examples, will run over $100, but if you treat it right it should be accurate for years to come. Small digital scales like these jewelry scales will only weigh accurately to a couple ounces.
A triple beam scale is also an option, though they are larger and more difficult to use, they are just as accurate as a digital scale at small weights but remain accurate up to a pound or more (just in case you plan on working your way to the big time).
††††††††††† To test a scale for accuracy, use a clean, unblemished nickel, which should weigh out to 5.0 or 5.1 grams. A penny should weigh exactly 2.5 grams. Dollar bills are an even gram.
Whatever you do, donít steal a scale from your schoolís science department. That fucks over your fellow students. Plus, if youíre caught, most school officials are smart enough to figure out why you were stealing it.
††††††††††† If you have no access to a scale, you have the option of eyeballing the sacks straight from your stash, which I donít recommend, unless you just donít give a shit, or are really good at guessing weights. The advantage to eyeballing all your sacks every time is that you neither have a scale nor pre-weighed sacks in your possession, and if you are busted with less than a couple ounces all in one sack, itís difficult for the police to prove you were selling it.
††††††††††† Another option, of course, is to use your dealerís scale at the time that you buy your supply. This brings up the issue of carrying around a pocket full of weighed bags, which of course is riskier than having it all in one bag, because if youíre caught, itís easier for the police to show that you intended to sell it. If your dealer is willing to deliver the weed to your house and bring a scale to let you use, this is the ideal situation.
††††††††††† Another option is to buy a weighed ounce (itís best to watch the person weigh it out), then simply break it into eight equal parts, getting a friend to help make sure theyíre all even. They wonít be perfect, but it will all average out in the end. You wonít rip anyone off and you wonít lose out yourself.
You can probably figure out some alternative if you donít have any baggies. Iíve seen many people use cellophane from a cigarette pack, melted closed with a lighter. Or you can make all your customers bring their own containers. Thatís better for the environment anyway.
Another useful piece of equipment is a safe. However, this is not an investment to make right away. Not until youíre confident that you know what youíre doing. A good safe can run a few hundred dollars, and a fire-proof one costs significantly more. I had a simple lock-box at one point, but someone still broke into my house and pried it open with a screwdriver. So after that I bought a real safe. But until then, just hide your stash well, and donít let anyone see where you put it.
On the other hand, if youíre that worried about your customers, friends or roommates stealing from you, maybe you need to change your situation.
Phones, Cell Phones and Pagers
Another helpful, almost necessary, piece of equipment is a phone or pager. The advantage of a corded home phone is that police need a warrant to listen to your conversations, but often times the convenience of a cell phone is worth the added risk.
Iíve heard from a couple people who claim that all cell phone conversations are recorded on some government computer network and if police need information they can listen to those recordings without a warrant. (According to the law, you do not have a Ďreasonable expectation of privacyí on a cell phone or cordless phone, because of certain scanners that are available to the public.) These recorded conversations could not be used against you in court, but might be very helpful to police to figure out what youíre doing and who youíre doing it with.
Iíve also heard rumors that there are computer programs that constantly scan cell phone conversations, searching for keywords.
(If anyone out there can confirm or deny these rumors, please, email me.) If the rumors are true for cell phones, I would bet all (or most) emails and instant messages are recorded as well.
With any cordless or cell phone, I highly recommend making a rule to never say anything more telling than ďCan I come over and visit?Ē Using codes is an option in order to fool a computer program, (e.g. ďCan I come get some cookies from you?Ē) but if human police are listening to your conversations, it would be extremely difficult to work out a code that would fool them.
The advantage of a pager is that if the police wanted to listen to your conversations, it would be twice as difficult since youíre constantly using different phones, but they can still make a clone pager without a warrant and record every number that pages you.
But no matter where or when or on what type of phone youíre calling, remember, never talk about drugs, and make sure your customers and suppliers donít either. It might not seem like the phone is how busts happen, but the cops never admit that thatís how they figured everything out.
Before I state my recommendations, I should say that I wholeheartedly support the second amendment, as I am an anarchist and believe the power should be in the hands of the people, and not our Gestapo-like police force.
††††††††††† Having said that, I feel that anyone who feels that a gun is necessary for protection needs to get the hell out of per situation. If youíre worried about rip-offs, an iron safe, welded to your floor is a far more intelligent method of prevention.
I once met a middle-aged woman who dealt multiple pounds and frequently carried tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and refused to be in the same room with a gun, much less own one. She had been career-dealing marijuana successfully for over fifteen years, and never been busted, never been ripped off. She showed me one day, a briefcaseóone that looked like any other, but when I reached out to touch it she warned me that it would zap me with a painful jolt, then showed me by poking it with a stick. The case had two combination locks, and one key lock. The first combo pad deactivated the electrical shock, and the second combo pad had to be used with the key lock to open the case. There was also an easily concealable handcuff chain to lock the case to your wrist. And if I remember correctly, she even claimed that the case was bullet-resistant. My point is that if youíre convinced that you need to protect yourself, there are numerous other options that are not as dangerous as a gun.
The number one drawback to a gun (other than the fact that they kill people) is that if you have a gun with you when youíre busted, even if itís a perfectly legal hunting rifle, the penalties for your charges will automatically double.
So my recommendation is that if you have guns in your home, or anywhere near your drugs, either get rid of them, store them at a friendís house, or take them to your local police station, where they more than likely have free storage lockers for firearms.
So if youíre thinking you need a gun, I say you should think again. Marijuana is supposed to be about peace, and distributing marijuana should be about increasing the peace.
If one of your customers or suppliers feels a gun is necessary for protection, I recommend viewing this as a warning sign. Ask yourself what pe might have done to become so fearful of people wanting to hurt per.
All About Bicycles
One great alternative to delivering by automobile is to ride a bicycle. As long as youíre well-lit and following most of the rules, police generally will not target you. Find out if thereís a helmet law in your area, and if there is, suck it up and wear one, at least while youíre making a deal.
††††††††††† Remember that laws vary from state to state so youíll want to double check laws in your area. In my area, itís legal for the police to pull over a bicyclist for not having lights or plainly visible reflectors, but there is no helmet law. The police can pull you over if you are riding in the street, but if youíre on the sidewalk and following pedestrian rules, they cannot do anything, unless youíre endangering other people. Bicycles also have the added advantage of being able to quickly move through park and forest trails, where cops donít tend to go, but pot smokers do.
††††††††††† So the main thing to remember on a bicycle is to stay well-lit. Make sure your headlight and rear flashing light have enough battery power to last your trip. And if you can do it without feeling too ridiculous, you can wear a reflective vest. Few people would jump to the conclusion that a guy wearing something as dorky as a reflective vest could be a drug dealer. †
Itís funny that after I started dealing lots of pot, I started dressing like a nerd. I stopped buying Metallica shirts and started wearing the tee shirts my mom gave me with depictions of wildlife and mountains, and started making sure my pants werenít ripped and ugly. Iíve never gone all-out and worn slacks and an alligator shirt, but Iíve definitely thought about it. I decided buying preppy clothes would not be a good idea because it would be difficult for me to act natural in such dramatic clothing.
††††††††††† But I should stress, to those of you who have a purple Mohawk, jackets covered with spikes and shredded jeans, that police and the rest of society judge people based on their clothing. You can give yourself an automatic advantage by putting on some decent clothing, wearing a cap to cover your Mohawk and a long sleeve shirt to cover your tattoos. Obviously when youíre not carrying sellable quantities of drugs, thereís no reason to worry about your clothing, however, you donít want to contrast so much that you attract attention to yourself, or make your neighbors wonder why the hell youíre dressing like a preppy one day and a punk the next.
All about automobiles
Iíd say that generally speaking, whatever place where you have the most control over the environment is the best place to make your deals. For most of us, this is in our own homes. Unfortunately there might be family or roommate considerations, or if you have guns in your home or are within 1,000 feet of a school, or insist on making numerous deals in short spans of time, it might be in your best interest to make deliveries instead of having people come to your home. Good dealers eventually find a healthy balance between the two, but as a beginner, itís best to stick with what makes you comfortable.
††††††††††† Delivering by automobile can be fairly safe as long as you always drive reasonably, and your car is up to code. Make sure to check your taillights, brake lights, head lights, and license plate light (Iím serious about this last one. Iíve been pulled over for a burned out license plate light.) Make sure to wear your seatbelt and that your passengers are wearing theirs. Donít go more than 4 miles over the speed limit, but donít look suspicious by going less than 7 miles under. Remember to use your turn signal, even when itís totally unnecessary. Keep your music volume and bass at a reasonable level.
AlsoÖ I sometimes see young people driving with just their left hand on the wheel, as they lean their body into the center of the car, resting their right arm on the seat. I think this is supposed to look cool, or somethingÖ maybe Iím just getting old and snobby, but I think this looks ridiculous, besides being something to attract the attention of the police.
Basically what Iím saying is donít give the police any way to legally pull you over, and donít attract attention to yourself.
††††††††††† The appearance of your car is also very important. Reasonable, average-looking cars are usually best. Expensive cars attract attention, as do crappy cars. Avoid offensive bumper stickers, or anything about your vehicle that would give people a bad first-impression about you.
††††††††††† And for tinted windowsÖ I still havenít decided about how I feel about tinted windows. For myself, Iíve never made a deal inside my automobile and I wonít smoke pot while driving, so I would never want tinted windows. Police and border agents definitely single out people with tinted windows, and the general public is more suspicious of tinted windows, but if itís necessary for you to take the extra risk of smoking in your car or making deals inside your car, tinted windows might not be a bad idea.†
††††††††††† But Iím sure most of you arenít going to go out and buy a car for the purpose of dealing, but if you become a steady dealer and buy a car in the future, these are things to keep in mind.
††††††††††† When carrying weed in a car, the trunk is always best, as long as the cop doesnít watch you putting a small item in your trunk when you have more than enough room in the cab. Cops canít search a trunk nearly as easily as they can search the rest of your car, and if you stuff your weed under a pile of sweaty and nasty hockey uniforms, or something else thatís kind-of gross but not appalling, a cop is going to feel less inclined to dig through it to look.†
As for smoking in your car, I generally donít recommend it. It doesnít take long to pull over and find a secluded spot, and itís a lot safer. I personally would never smoke pot while driving, simply because Iím not a good enough driver to be able to do it without swerving. However, I do, occasionally smoke inside my car after Iím parked.
Just keep in mind that if you get pulled over, or a cop wanders near you while youíre parked, just the smell of burnt pot can be probable cause to search you and your car. If you demonstrate that you know your rights, however, cops will usually want another piece of evidence before they search you against your will.
And remember, if you are ever pulled over, NEVER CONSENT TO A SEARCH, even if they swear they can and will get a search warrant. Just donít be an asshole about it. But this topic is covered more in-depth in the Dealing with Copís chapter.
Another thing to consider when deciding to deal using your automobile is that if the police can show that you used it to sell illegal drugs, they can seize it. Sometimes they donít even need hard evidence. This certainly does not mean that they always do. Unfortunately I have no statistics on what percentage of dealers have their cars seized. The same risk applies to owning your own home, but my guess is that seizing someoneís home is something the police arenít likely to do without significant motive, as something like that could cause attention to be drawn to the atrocities of the drug war.
Dealing From Your Home
Assuming you donít have small children, guns, live within 1,000 feet of a public school, or have untrustworthy roommates, then your own home is probably the safest place to deal. Itís important to make sure that no one can look in your windows and watch you making deals. I know youíre saying ďDuhĒ right now, but Iíve seen people forget about this.
††††††††††† You also want to make sure that people are staying at least half an hour when theyíre coming over to buy from you. Iíve mentioned this before, but it is very important and many customers can be very thoughtless when it comes to this common courtesy, so itís important to make it clear (without being an asshole) that you cut people off when they donít hang out an appropriate amount of time.†
Itís important to have a good rapport with your neighbors. Your neighbors are one of the major risks from selling from your home, especially if you have loud parties or simply just a stereo with good bass. If youíre at all concerned with your neighbors calling the cops or the apartment manager because of noise issues, be sure to visit your neighbors, give them your phone number, tell them you may have a problem with getting too loud, and ask them to call you instead of the cops if one of your parties gets out of hand. Go out of your way to be nice to your neighborsójust saying something like ďIf you ever need anything, donít be afraid to ask,Ē can greatly reduce the chances of your neighbors calling the cops for noise complaints or to report the numbers of people coming and going from your home.
Be careful about your garbage too. The police can legally search your garbage without a warrant. For small time dealers this probably isnít too serious a consideration, unless you have a large quantity of stems and seeds or used baggies.
And also, this should go without saying, but be very careful of fires. You donít want the fire department coming into your home and seeing your collection of bongs and such. I had a friend who accidentally dropped a bowl into a pile of clothing, then couldnít find it, and finally left it. The fire department showed up an hour later, after heíd left, put out the fire in his bedroom, and found a pile of weighed sacks on his desk. When my friend arrived home, his sacks were scattered across his lawn. Supposedly the firemen had thrown them out the window as a statement about how stupid heíd been, but you can see how bad it would have been if theyíd decided to inform the police.
Weights, Measurements, Prices and Mathematics:
I find it funny how many people email me and ask me what a good sack should weigh, without even telling me the state or country that they live in, as though there is a government agency that publishes a national price guide for dealers.
††††††††††† But when I think back to my early days of dealing, I realize I didnít quite know how dramatically prices and quality could vary just going from one town to the next. However, having a grasp on fair weights is very important to a beginning drug dealer. Itís best to ask people. Get a few different perspectives from people who have sold or bought pot in your area.
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††††††††††† An ounce should weigh 28 grams, in my area running about $260. An eighth of an ounce, usually just called an ďeighthĒ, should be 3.5 grams. In my area, an eighth costs $40. $40 and $20 (sometimes called a ďDubĒ) sacks sometimes are not weighed to their technical weight. If you plan on under-weighing an eighth at 3.3 grams, for example, itís not appropriate to call it an eighth, because technically itís not. This comes back to ethics and honesty. I suggest telling the customer and apologizing every time you sell an under-weighed sack. As with $5 sacks (ďnickel bagĒ) and $10 sacks (ďdime bagĒ), their weights vary greatly from person to person as well as city to city.
††††††††††† When you first start figuring out how youíre going to run your business, sit down with a† calculator and figure out all the mathematics of it, and how much you need to weigh your sacks in order to make the amount of profit you wish to make, and how much you expect to make per deal. If you suck at math, get another dealer to help you. This sounds elementary, but Iíve seen people get confused and lose money because they didnít have a confident grasp of the mathematics of drug dealing. Obviously, if you weigh your sacks too light, people will start shopping somewhere they can get a fair deal (unless you hassle tourists day in and day out) but if theyíre too heavy, you wonít make much money.
††††††††††† In my area, an ounce runs around $240-$280. At $40 for eight eighths, that comes out to $320 with a profit of $40-$80. I usually figure a %10-%20 profit is reasonable, depending on how many deals you had to make.
††††††††††† For most professional dealers, a twenty sack is not worth the time or the risk in order to sell it. At 1.7 grams (approximately half an eighth), your profit is usually going to be less than $5 or $6. Since every deal you make is possible to attract the cops (especially if you deal out of your home), the more sales you make, the more risk youíre taking, so obviously, the larger sales are more important than the smaller ones. Once you get to the point where youíre making more than a couple sales a day, my recommendation is to start refusing to sell anything less than $40.
The Ideal Customer:
The ideal customer calls during your normal hours (not at when pe knows youíre sleeping or at work) and says something like, ďHey, do you mind if I come over to hang out?Ē Since the person did not give any reason for the visit, you can assume pe wants to buy some pot.
Even better is the person who has some other excuse to come and see you. However, this can cause complications if you are sometimes out of pot. Donít let someone drive to your house just to tell per youíre out. Thatís just rude.
So in those times when youíre out, you must come up with a plan before hand of what to say to drop the hint, or simply an excuse to why you canít hang out. Just saying, ďIím not going to be available for a couple days,Ē should usually suffice. The problem comes when your friends are your customers (and this is usually the ideal situation) and you donít know if they want to hang out with you or theyíre just looking for pot. Sometimes itís worth it to work out a code before hand. (When you are unable to hook a person up for a while, make sure to call the person when you finally can. Itís very unprofessional to not call when you say you will.)
(A bad customer will often ask multiple questions about why youíre not available, ask if you can meet per in a parking lot really fast, or mention that pe only needs to stop by for five minutes. A good customer, on the other hand, is patient and can take ďnoĒ for an answer, and will say something like, ďJust give me a call when you feel like hanging out.Ē)
When your ideal customer arrives at your door, pe does not leave per car running, does not leave any other person waiting in per car, and does not bring any other person with per unless you already have established relations with that person, and have okayed it with your ideal customer.
(A bad customer wonít even stop to think that youíre risking your freedom, and will bring over just about anyone pe feels like.)
If you already have people in your home, your ideal customer will wait for your initiative before asking to buy something. The ideal customer will then make conversation, watch TV, play video games, read magazines or find something else to do in your home for no less than half an hour, preferably closer to an hour. Itís often a good idea to have something to keep them from getting bored. Cook your customers some food, or have collections of funny TV episodes to keep them occupied. Board games, magazines, or a nice glass bong should often keep someone occupied long enough to prevent the visit from looking suspicious. Frequent short visits are a common way cops are attracted to a drug dealerís home.
Some people think that the customer, at this point, should load a bowl for the dealer. Some would even say that itís rude for the customer not to smoke out the dealer. But Iíve found that itís mostly good customers that say this, and not dealers, so I tend to disagree. When you sell a sack at a certain price and weight, youíve already figured out how much you think you should make, and weighed the sack accordingly. My theory is that dealers already have their own weed to smoke. Smoking pot is not nearly as big a deal to a dealer as it is for someone who has to pay top dollar for each bowl. (On the other hand, if someone is just hooking up a friend, and does not act as a regular dealer, it is rude not to smoke a bowl or give per something for per trouble.)
As the customer is leaving your house, pe does not yell ďthank youĒ, so that the neighbors can hear, just as pe did not thank you over the telephone.
And later, when your ideal customer is smoking the pot pe got from you, pe does not mention where it came from, and refuses to say your name or give any clues about you to anyone except your closest friends. Unfortunately though, itís very difficult to know if theyíre talking about you.
So remember these things, too, when youíre re-supplying yourself. You must also do everything you can to be the ideal customer for your distributor. If you follow all the rules, theyíre more likely to trust you, feel comfortable selling to you and give you better deals.
To Front or Not to Front:
From time to time, your customers will try to buy some pot when they donít have any money. For me, buying a sack on money I donít have yet would be about as humiliating as getting pantsed in a shopping mall. But everyone these days, businesses and individuals alike, seem to be working on money that they donít have. (Which is why I think American economy is on the verge of complete collapse.) So some people donít feel any shame in asking for a front.
††††††††††† The question is, will pe pay you back, and how long will it take?
††††††††††† A few things to consider when deciding whether or not to front someone weed and allow them to pay you later: first, if pe rips you off, thereís usually very little you can do about it. You canít call the cops, and taking some sort of vengeance is usually more risk than itís worth, especially for small time deals. The only real weapon you have is guilt and the loss of your friendship. Gauge the personís personality and your emotional closeness to decide if these weapons would be enough to keep per honest. Also analyze per real financial situation and per history of money management.
††††††††††† Remember that just because someone swears that pe is good for the money, doesnít mean that pe really is. In fact, people who talk about how honest and trustworthy they are usually are just the opposite. A truly trustworthy person is modest, and takes honesty for granted, so does not go around bragging about per own trustworthiness.
††††††††††† Second, keep in mind that if someone takes a long time to pay you back for a larger quantity, then your money is tied up with that person, and if that prevents you from re-supplying in time to make another deal, then youíre losing money. If you have enough side-cash that you donít normally use for drug dealing, then this isnít so much of an issue.
††††††††††† Third, keep in mind that no matter how well you know someone, itís possible that something can come up and things can change.
††††††††††† Fourth, remember that all drug dealers get burned once in a while. Just like a department store has to factor shoplifting and employee theft into each monthís accounting, occasionally youíll get ripped off. So donít front anything that you canít afford to lose.
††††††††††† When you do decide to front, especially if youíre fronting smaller quantities, make sure to write it all down, because itís amazing how easy it is to forget. I once came up short for a deal and my dealer was nice enough to front me $300 of it. A week later I bought another supply, and gave him that $300 as well as the money for the deal. He looked baffled and even after I explained that I owed him money, it took him a few moments to remember. ďIt seemed like I was missing something,Ē he told me.
††††††††††† Sometimes you will come across situations where someone wishes for you to front money in order to re-supply. If you donít know anyone else who sells in the quantity you need, sometimes fronting money is unavoidable. This is usually more stressful, as youíre fronting much more than just a sack, youíre trusting your investment money to a middle-man who will use your money to go to a dealer and buy your pot for you.
††††††††††† This is obviously not an ideal situation because if the middle-man isnít trustworthy, pe might steal the money from you and skip town. If pe doesnít know what peís doing, pe might get ripped off perself, then be unable to pay back the fronted money. And the other, more minor disadvantage is that someone else gets to check out the weed for you, so you have to trust per judgment on whatís good weed and trust that pe will make sure itís weighed appropriately. You may get under-weighed ounces and QPís, and on rare occasions, pot that is so moist itíll start growing mold within a few days, just because youíre forced to trust someone elseís judgment.
††††††††††† So fronting money to re-supply is something to avoid, but like I said itís unavoidable sometimes, when times are tough.
††††††††††† If you do front money, make sure you have a set timeline so you know at what point you can start to worry, and a backup plan if the deal doesnít go through (as deals often donít for one reason or another.) And treat your front as though you were gambling. Figure out your odds based on the honesty and competence of the middle-man as compared to the amount of money you stand to makeóor lose.
Growing Your Business
I hesitate to use the word Ďbusinessí here as I do not encourage anyone to look at dealing as though it were a career choice. Itís much safer to run things as a hobby or a side project. You need to have other focuses in your life. Drug dealing is a great way to work your way through college, but becomes far more risky when itís your only focus, and only a select few can make long lasting, well-paying careers out of it without eventually getting busted.
††††††††††† Remember, drug dealing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Once you get greedy, the cops start to take notice. Instead, my recommendation is to keep it small and safe, just hooking up your friends, and be content with the small part youíre doing to help fight government oppression.
††††††††††† Having said all that, itís time we be honest with ourselves and admit that most of us arenít dealing drugs to be noble and fight tyranny; weíre doing it to make money.
††††††††††† So for those of you who wish to grow larger, my recommendation is to take it slow and steady. Get used to buying quarter pounds before you start buying half pounds. And be careful who you buy from. Donít forget your safety just because youíre looking for a bigger profit. Iíve seen a lot of dealers become intoxicated with the money and popularity, and just the thrill of making bigger and bigger deals, until they become too big for their britches and wind up going down hard. This happened to me as well.
††††††††††† I suggest a good rule of thumb to be, when you start averaging more than two or three deals per day itís time to make a change. Start refusing the smaller sales, especially the five and ten sacks. For every sale you make, you draw attention to yourself, but selling an ounce doesnít attract much more attention than selling a twenty sack, but the profit is much greater.
††††††††††† Most dealers never sell five and ten sacks except in very special circumstances, and only sell twenty sacks to close friends.
††††††††††† But you must remember to be firm. When you make the decision that youíve got too many people coming by your house and you need to quit selling twenty sacks, youíll probably have a few people who keep asking for twenties and even one or two who get mad about it. Be nice about it. Make it clear that itís nothing personal (even if it is something personal) and theyíre welcome to buy forties instead of twenties.
††††††††††† Another option is to give your smaller customers to another dealer who buys from you, thereby increasing the demand for your larger quantities.
††††††††††† Remember not to get carried away with growing your business. Donít start telling people you can hook them up with larger quantities if youíre not sure you really can. Donít make promises you canít keep, or people arenít going to be interested in doing business with you again.
††††††††††† And as your business grows youíll need to make and break connections. The fine art of drug dealing is knowing who you can trust: who is your friend, and who is pretending. When deciding what types of people to do business with, consider mainly the question of, Ďwould they ever narc me off?,í but you need to consider many other things like their intelligence level and professionalism. A stupid and careless customer or supplier can quickly attract the police to your house.
Keeping Your Mouth Shut
This note could have fit in the Avoiding Rip-Offís section or one of the sections about not attracting police attention, but I felt it was so important to deserve itís own section.
††††††††††† Too often, when a dealer becomes intoxicated by the income level and the social aspects of marijuana distributing, pe becomes a bit of a braggart. Pe may talk about what wonderful connections pe has, or how much cash pe goes through in a month, or the massive quantities pe deals in. And sometimes itís difficult to grasp just how dangerous loose lips can really be. The person youíre talking to might want to become involved, but not have any knowledge or reliability; the person might start thinking about ripping you off; and worse case scenario, the person might be a narc, or have a friend who is a narc. Once you start bragging about your drug dealing, itís scary how quickly that information gets around to all sorts of people you may or may not know.
††††††††††† So if you have a tendency to brag a lot (and keep in mind that most braggarts probably donít recognize their own problem), or talk openly about your drugs or money, my recommendation is to do everything in your power to convince yourself to stop. When it comes to your drug dealing, never divulge information that you donít absolutely need to.
Seeing as how itís almost impossible to call the police, drug dealers are a great target for thieves and con-artists. Rip-offs come in many different styles. The most common is on the front, when someone who owes you money decides to just disappear, or come up with excuse after excuse for not being able to pay. The second, is the sly, behind your back little pinch, taking a bud here and there, but not so much that youíd likely notice. The third is the opportunity theft, like if someone leaves per money unattended and the thief just happens to be in the right place at the right time. The fourth is when someone scopes out your hiding place then breaks into your house later on. And the fifth is your full on pre-planned armed robbery. I have personally dealt with the first three, but still have yet to be robbed at gunpointóexcept by the police, of course.
††††††††††† Obviously a major factor in all robbery situations, and a theme that I come back to again and again in this book is, be careful who you trust. Stop and think about who these people are that youíre letting into your house, where their loyalties lie and how strong their morals are.
††††††††††† Iíve already covered fronting, but I should remind dealers to look at fronting weed or money the same way you look at gambling. Never front more than you can afford to lose.
††††††††††† The nickel-and-dime rip-off can be avoided by simply keeping a close watch over all your drugs and your money. Donít keep your stash where your customers can see it. Itís okay to go into your room and close the door before returning with the sale item. Most customers will understand that you need to be safe, and if you show them youíre careful about everything, theyíll be less likely to target you. Only let your closest friends (if even them) see where you keep your supply.
††††††††††† Come up with a system for keeping track of your money and drugs, and stick to this system religiously. That way, if anything is out of the ordinary, youíll notice it right away.
If you weigh your sacks out ahead of time, make sure to re-weigh them occasionally to make sure no one has pinched a little bud. (However, donít flip out if thereís a tiny difference as bud can sometimes dry out a little when itís being stored.) Also count your money frequently, in case someoneís slipping a couple bills out here and there.
To avoid an opportunity theft, you must remember to keep your quantities of money and drugs on close watch. Never leave anything over a hundred dollars unattended, and avoid drinking or getting fucked up on other drugs when youíve got money or valuable sale items to take care of. The hardest part about this, though, is avoiding getting lazy about it. Once you go a year or two without getting ripped off, you might start getting careless.
The breaking-and-entering style of rip-off can be avoided by using much the same techniques described in the last two sections. When you start dealing with more than five or six hundred dollars at a time, youíll become a target for break-ins. But most people will not break in unless they already know that they can get to your stash.
One simple option is to buy a safe; a heavy one. For those of you who plan to get really serious about your dealing, some safes can even be bolted or cemented into your floor.
I once had a lock-box which Iíd bought for twenty bucks, which I used to keep my money, and maybe the occasional bag of mushrooms. I was usually pretty good about keeping it hidden, and most of my customers didnít try to bust in on me when I was weighing up sacks, but there was one who did, and I was too polite to tell him to stop.
One day he dropped by randomly and hung around until I needed to leave, then snuck behind me and unlocked my door as we were leaving. I came home to find my lock-box had been jimmied open and some, though not all, of my money had been stolen. Heíd stolen just barely enough to cover his rent, $540. He still pretended to be my friend. I had fantasies about taking revenge, maybe cutting off the head of his pet snake, but he was just a pathetic crank addict with a baby to take care of, so I simply warned all my friends about him and stopped speaking to him.
Which brings me to a random note about crank heads: when they steal something from you, theyíll often come back around the next day and help you look for it.
When you do discover that youíve been ripped off, donít flip out about it. Remember that department stores must factor in losses for shoplifting, so too, you will need to factor in thieves. I wonít tell you whether or not to confront the person about it. Often times talking about it (or yelling and screaming about it) can help a great deal. And sometimes you can make the person feel guilty enough to pay you back. Iíve always been too shy to get mad about it, but simply stop speaking to the person for ever-after. I then warn all my friends about the thief and ask them to refuse all services for that person. And on that same token, when you discover that one of your customers has stolen from someone else, itís your duty to sever all ties, and make it clear that that kind of behavior is not acceptable. Besides, if they did it to someone else, they could do it to you too.
However, this is not the time to be mean about it. Be straight forward and direct when cutting someone off for dishonesty, but donít act like you hate per or something. Remember, itís only business.
And remember, when youíve been ripped off, and youíre having revenge fantasies, just remember what I always say, ďAnger is a gift: it can be used to punish the past or fix the future. The choice is yours.Ē
The fourth type of robbery, one which I have absolutely no experience with, comes when someone sets up a large scale buy or sale then shows up with guns instead of the trade item. This type of thing shouldnít be an issue until you start dealing with more than a few thousand dollars at a time.
Again, all I can say about this is, be careful who you trust. Stay away from people who like guns, and be careful of people when you donít know where they live and donít have any emotional ties with them or their family.
Another rip-off style that I feel I should mention is the simple trickery method: selling fake weed. However, most con-artists are not foolish enough to try to fool an experienced dealer, but are much more likely to go after a fourteen year old whoís just breaking into things, or a small-time consumer. Iíve never even heard of any of my friends being victim of this, but Iím sure it happens.
And one last style, which canít be completely called a ďrip-off.Ē Sometimes someone will buy a sack, then conveniently forget to pay you. You may ask for the money, and the person fishes in per wallet, then gets distracted and starts talking about something else, in hopes you will forget all about the money. Obviously this can be avoided by simply paying attention.
Carrying and Hiding Your Weed
This is one of the subjects youíll have to really think about, as I canít offer you a lot of advice on where and how to keep your weed. But you must take into consideration a few things, like how obvious it is, and how likely it is that one of your friends will see it and decide to steal something.
††††††††††† Another major thing to take into consideration is your own stupidity. Take for example the guy I told you about who forgot a pound at a friendís house. I also heard a story about a woman who let a quarter-pound fall out of her purse in a grocery store, came back in and asked an employee about it who told her to run as fast as she could because someone had already called the cops (pe may have just pocketed it for perself). And Iíve heard countless stories of people having half a dozen different bags of different weights and one goes missing, and they donít realize it for days later, long after itís possible to figure out what happened.
††††††††††† So basically, stay organized and pay attention to your supplies. If you carry your supplies in a backpack, purse or pocket, check it occasionally to make sure it is secureótry to put it in itís own designated sectionóand whatever you do, donít keep your weed next to your money or ID.
††††††††††† Remember, also, that weighing out your sacks ahead of time can be dangerous if youíre carrying more than one at a time. If you are busted with pot thatís divided into multiple baggies, itís much easier for the police to get you for intent to distribute instead of just personal-use possession. Separating different types of weed should be okay, though if you read Marijuana Law, it will tell you that a few people have been busted for distribution because they had a separate bag of stems and seeds. I find it hard to believe, however, that they could get away with that for someone who knows and stands up for per rights, and hires a lawyer.
††††††††††† As for hiding placesÖ if you decide to hide your pot, be creative about it. I knew someone who hid a half-ounce in a dirty tapestry that he tied into knot after knot, and when a cop searched his vehicle, attempted to look into the tapestry, found the knots too complex and gave up. I heard a story about a man who had multiple pounds in his house, under his couch, as drug dogs searched his home. Since heíd triple-vacuum sealed the bags and hid them well, the cops never found them. And someone from my website claimed that he hid an ounce in the hard-drive compartment of his PlayStation 2, had his house searched, but the cops found nothing. My theory on hiding places is to hide it in something that the cops wouldnít really understand or be familiar with. Inside a hollowed out hard-drive or a mountain or building on a model railroad are two ideas I had. Also, I thought that a hollowed out butt-plug would be really good, especially if the person carrying it acted sort of gay, for carrying in a backpack or car because a cop would not want to touch such a thing. Basically, if you need to hide stuff, be unique, somewhere no one would think of.
††††††††††† Someone also told me that strong-scented lavender oil can be used to mask the smell and fool drug dogs, if the container is lined with it (but I wonder if it doesnít affect the taste and smell of the weed). Iíve also heard that double or triple vacuum sealing your weed can contain the smell enough, but thatís certainly too much of a pain in the ass unless youíve hit the big-time. I wish that this section about drug dogs can be more informative, so if you have any information about drug dogs whatsoever, please Email me.††††††
††††††††††† So the government wants you to think that the cops are infallible, but this most definitely is not the case. So if you have a good hiding place in mind, it certainly wonít hurt anything to use it.†
Dealing With Cops
The main thing to keep in mind with cops, is that they are deceitful liars. They go through training to learn how to deceive and manipulate people. If you read Marijuana Law, as I think you should, it will state that it is illegal for cops to lie while in uniform. While this is true, I should remind you that itís also illegal for us to sell pot.
††††††††††† When I was arrested, I attempted to argue the morality of the issue with my arresting officer, and debate legalization. He laughed at me, saying he knew perfectly well that what he did was wrong. ďRight and wrong is irrelevant to police officers,Ē he told me point blank. ďWe couldnít do our jobs if we cared about morals. All that matters is legal and illegal.Ē
††††††††††† And this statement seems to hold true with all of my experiences with police. Any person who could make a career out of taking freedom away from other human beings couldnít have any sort of concept of right and wrong.
††††††††††† What cops understand is power, fear, and revenge. Understand that and youíll have an easier time dealing with them. Let them feel powerful, answer their questions to the best of your ability (or at least make it seem like you are), let them use their fear tactics but donít allow yourself to appear intimidated. If you donít act scared they wonít think youíve done anything. But if you say something to piss them off theyíll come down on you hard, perhaps searching you illegally just to watch you go through the aggravation.
††††††††††† So if a cop approaches you, and youíre carrying drugs, donít do anything to piss per off. Donít try to run, either, unless you are absolutely, %100 certain that you can get away. Obviously donít call the cop names. Keep your emotions under control. Show the officer respect, no matter how much you despise per. Donít be afraid to kiss some ass either. If you can find a legitimate thing to compliment the officer on, do it. Just be subtle about it.
††††††††††† Very often, when an officer approaches you, peís interested in something completely unrelated to you. Peíll want to know if you saw some shady looking character, for example. So donít let yourself get paranoid just because a copís talking to you. Answer per questions quickly, but try not to get anyone else in trouble, even if you donít know them. Thatís just bad karma.
††††††††††† Remember that after you have answered the initial questions of the police officer, pe has no right to hold you any longer. Police are trained to manipulate and intimidate people into thinking they are legally obligated to stick around until the officer has sorted things out. An officer can detain you for questioning without arresting you for only a short time, but must have legal precedent to do so. Basically if pe doesnít arrest you, you should be free to go, and as long as you show somehow that you understand that right, thereís not much a cop can legally do. Again, be nice about it and have a good reason why you need to leave.
††††††††††† Iíve read on HighTimes.com and other sites that discuss talking to cops and they all have pre-printed messages they tell you to say to the officer, but many of them sound so rehearsed, like you had been practicing for just such an encounter. I believe many marijuana publications donít take into account the need to act natural with a police officer.
††††††††††† One suggestion for acting natural around a cop is to keep one thing in mind: you have done absolutely nothing morally wrong. The police officer is someone who takes away other peopleís freedom and threatens them with guns for a career. You sell a plant that grows from the ground and promote freedom. On a moral level, youíre in two different worlds. If you believe in hell, then keep in mind that out of the two of you, it is the officer that will surely burn there. (I donít really believe in hell, and think all humans have good in their hearts, but itís a belief system that can bring confidence.)
††††††††††† Occasionally, though, a cop will just look at your eyes and know that thereís something suspicious about you. Peíll start asking questions about where you came from and where youíre going. If youíre coming from your supplierís house, make up a good lie (hopefully youíve planned ahead). Or you can also avoid per questions by asking counter-questions, or politely mention that youíre in a hurry. The only thing youíre legally required to do is identify yourself, and if youíre in your car, show proof of registration, but cops usually come down hard on people who refuse to answer any questions whatsoever. I usually like to carry my driverís license with me wherever I go, because cops seem to be less suspicious of people who donít hesitate to show their ID.
††††††††††† After the cop has asked some questions to get you rattled, Pe might ask to search your car, backpack or person. Pe might ask in any of a multitude of ways, but what you must always remember, is to always say no, no matter what. Be nice about it, of course.
††††††††††† This seems to be the single biggest mistake people make. Somehow cops have a way of manipulating things and deceiving people into consenting to a search. So I feel I should spend some extra time on this subject, by giving a couple examples.
††††††††††† First, a fictional example:
††††††††††† A cop has you pulled over, already checked your license/registration and hasnít decided whether or not to give you a ticket for forgetting to use your turn signal.
††††††††††† Cop: ďI need to have a look in your vehicle, okay? Can you step out of the car please?Ē
††††††††††† You: ďWhy do you want to look in my car? Have I done something wrong, officer?Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďIt smells like marijuana.Ē
††††††††††† You: ďI canít smell anything.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďI really need to have a look. Step out of the car please.Ē
††††††††††† (Iím not sure whether or not a cop can order you out of your car without probable cause, but I recommend not arguing about it, either way).
††††††††††† Cop: ďI can make this easy on you if you just tell me where the ganja is.Ē
††††††††††† You: ďSorry, I donít know what youíre talking about. I really canít let you look in my car. My girlfriend and I have personal items in there.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďI really need to. I wonít look at your personal items. That kind of stuff means nothing to me.Ē
††††††††††† You: ďSorry, I really canít. I haveÖ embarrassing things in there. My girlfriend would be humiliated just knowing you looked in there. Iím really sorry to make things difficult for you, but weíre just really easily embarrassed.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďLook, son, I know what youíre hiding in there. Just give me the pot and Iíll dispose of it. I wonít arrest you, I promise.Ē
††††††††††† You: ďIím really sorry, sir, but I just donít have what youíre looking for. Iím sorry to disappoint you.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďYou look like the kind of guy who smokes some reeferÖ Iíve smoked a few bowls myselfÖ donít tell the captainÖ you smoke pot, donít you?Ē
††††††††††† You: ďI may have had a few hits in the past. Iím not a saint or anything. But not anytime recently.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďWhen was the last time you smoked?Ē
††††††††††† You: ďQuite a while ago.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďAbout twenty minutes ago?Ē
††††††††††† You: ďNo. Not in a long time.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďThen why can I smell it?Ē
††††††††††† You: ďI canít smell anything. Maybe youíre imagining it.Ē
††††††††††† Cop: ďAll right, donít play this with me. Itís pretty obvious to me that youíve got some weed in there, now if you donít want to do this the easy way and let me dispose of your marijuana without arresting you, then Iíll get on my radio and get a search warrant, and we can do this the hard way.Ē
††††††††††† You: ďLike I said, Iím really sorry but I just canít consent to a search, and I donít have what youíre looking for. If you want to get a search warrant, thatís fine. At least then Iíll be able to tell my girlfriend that I had no choice.Ē
††††††††††† Things might go on like this, back and forth for ten minutes or longer. Just be patient, reasonable and polite. If they can avoid it, cops will not tell a direct lie, but will usually resort to it when necessary. Never believe a cop if pe says, ďJust hand over the weed and I wonít arrest you. I just need to dispose of it.Ē In fact, NEVER believe anything they say. Police use all sorts of trickery, intimidation, compliments, and lies to get you to consent to a search, admit that you have something, or to turn in a friend, so the best policy is to assume that everything that comes out of an officerís mouth is meant to deceive you. If at any point the officer starts searching, say, ďSir, I do not consent to this search,Ē and make certain the officer hears you, repeating it several times if necessary, until the cop acknowledges what youíve said. If the officer continues searching against your will and finds something, you might wind up having a bad night, but in the end, there will be a good chance that you could get the case thrown out of court for illegal search.
††††††††††† I was once pulled over on my bicycle for not having a light. The cop was suspicious of my backpack and my all-black clothing. I was so nervous, my knees were trembling noticeably. The officer asked me why I was shaking and I told him it was the cold. He told me he was suspicious that I was breaking into cars, that a dark guy with a backpack on a bicycle is the stereotypical car-stereo thief. I pulled off my backpack and tossed it lightly in the air to show that there was nothing as heavy as a car-stereo, but he insisted on seeing more. At that time, I was so nervous and didnít know what to do, so I let him get a good look, first in the bottom pocket, then in the top two pockets, while holding my backpack myself to make sure he didnít overstep his bounds, but when I came to the fourth pocket, where I kept my weed, I only gave him a half-second peek. He knew I had pot in there, but had no definite evidence, but at least now I had made him comfortable that I wasnít a real criminal, carrying a gun or something. We entered into a debate much like the example I just gave you, and I used the line about having embarrassing photographs in that pocket (of course, you donít even need to be that specific, just saying ďpersonal itemsĒ for example, is fine). He didnít believe me for a second, but it didnít matter, because I stuck to it, and because I never changed my story, he had no evidence. He called backup patrol cars to park nearby to intimidate me more, but I still refused to let the officer see that last little part of my backpack.
††††††††††† However, it was risky for me to let the cop search me at all. I wanted to make him feel comfortable that I was not a stereo thief or carrying a gun, but it was still a gambleófor example if there had been some shake on the bottom of my pack or a pipe somewhere that Iíd forgotten about, things could have been bad.
††††††††††† In the end, my patience, politeness, and knowledge of my rights paid off and he let me go, even though he was well-aware that I had marijuana in my backpack and that I was stoned.
††††††††††† Another time I was walking home at , half drunk, from a Halloween party. Again, I was wearing dark clothing and carrying my backpack, and had a small amount of weed in the second pocket. A cop car pulled up about two car lengths behind me as I walked on the sidewalk, shining the spotlight on me. I looked over my shoulder, but kept walking. The car then followed me at walking pace, about two car-lengths behind me for several blocks, shining the spotlight on me the whole time. I glanced over my shoulder freely, as a perfectly innocent person would still be quite confused and possibly offended by something like that.
††††††††††† Finally the cop shouted out the window, ďHey guy! Hey guy! Stop.Ē
I stopped and he got out and walked toward me, then his facial expression changed and he whipped out his gun and pointed it at me. ďPut your hands on your head,Ē he shouted. ďNow!Ē I did this, and he shouted, ďThrow your backpack on the ground, out here, in the grass, between the road and the sidewalk. Now donít move.Ē He spoke into his radio, ďI think Iíve got him. This is him.Ē
ďWho are you?Ē he asked me.
ďMy nameís Kalin Ringkvist.Ē
ďWhat are you doing here?Ē
ďIím just walking home from a party.Ē
ďDo you have ID?Ē
ďIs it in your backpack?Ē
ďYes,Ē I said. ďIíll let you look in the front pocket, the small one. Thatís where my wallet is.Ē And I watched him closely to make sure he only looked in the pocket that Iíd given him permission to look in. (This is one very good reason to keep your identification strictly separated from your weed.)
Meanwhile, other cop cars were showing up, and another officer was pacing back and forth on the corner of the street, watching me, holding what looked like an Uzi, but was probably some kind of stun-gun designed to look scary.
The officer pulled my license out of my wallet. ďKalin,Ē he said into his radio. ďAre we looking for a Kalin?Ö No? Are you sureÖ Kalin Ringkvist? Okay.Ē He lowered his gun, tossed my wallet and ID onto my backpack, and said to me, ďOkay, you can go. Youíre not the guy weíre looking for.Ē
When you run into a situation like that, donít expect the cops to apologize, because they wonít. Just get the hell away from the situation as fast as you can without looking guilty of something.
I know a few people who have claimed to understand their rights and seemed quite confident that they wouldnít let a police officer push them around, but when it came down to the actual situation, they did something stupid, like consent to a search or call the officer a dumbass. Police have a way of manipulating the conversation and manipulating your words to trick you into consenting to something. Emotions are running high when you run into a cop, and they know how to play off that. The best advice is to keep your mouth shut. Be as nice as possible, especially if the cop is an asshole, but stand firm on your rights.
The following I copied word for word from a card that a friend carries in his wallet. You might want to print this for yourself, and donít be afraid to whip it out, if you need to, during a police encounter, but whatever you do, donít try to make the officer feel stupid. They hate that. Even if you think youíre in the clear, cops are not above lying to the courts to convict someone that pisses them off.
Your rights and the police:
What you say to the police is important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give the police an excuse to arrest you, especially if you speak disrespectfully to a police officer. You do not have to answer a police officerís questions, but you must show your driverís license, registration and proof of insurance when stopped while driving a car. In other situations, you cannot be legally arrested for refusing to identify yourself to a police officer.
††††††††††† You do not have to give your consent to any search of yourself, your car or your house; if you do consent to a search, it can affect your rights later in court. If the police say they have a warrant, ask to see it.
††††††††††† Do not interfere with or obstruct the police, even if they begin an illegal searchóyou can be arrested for it. File a complaint later if you feel your rights have been violated.
If you are stopped by the police:
1.†† You may remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions, give your name, age and address, or show any ID unless you are operating a car or are in a place where liquor is served. However, it is advisable to provide only basic information, such as name, age and address.
2.††† Ask if you are under arrest. If so, ask why. If you are not under arrest, you should be free to leave. Never run from a police officer.
3.††† Do not physically resist. The police may frisk you for weapons by patting the outside of your clothing, but nothing more. Make it clear that you do not agree to any search. However, if searched, do not resist. File a complaint later.
If you are stopped in your car:
1.††† Show your driverís license, registration and proof of insurance upon request. Your car can be searched without a warrant so long as the police have probably cause. To protect yourself later, make it clear that you do not consent to a search.
2.††† If you are given a ticket, you should sign it; otherwise you can be arrested. You can always fight the case in court later.
3.†† If you are suspected of drunk driving and refuse a breath test, your license can be suspended.
If you are arrested:
1.††† Whether or not you are guilty, go with the officer. You can make your defense in court.
2.††† You have the right to remain silent; use it. Tell the police nothing except your name, age and address. Donít give explanations or stories or try to excuse your conduct.
3.††† Ask to talk to a lawyer at once. You can do so by phone right after being taken into custody. If you are arrested for a jailable offense and you canít pay for a lwayer, you have the right to a free one. Donít talk to the police until your lawyer is present.
4.††† If the police say they have a warrant, ask to see it. Whether or not the police have a warrant to search you or your property, you can protect your rights by making it clear that you do not agree to any search. Do not physically resist.
5.††† The police must give you a receipt for everything taken from you, including your wallet and its contents, clothes and any packages you were carrying when arrested.
6.††† You may be released with or without bail following booking. If not, you have the right to go into court and see a judge the next court day after arrest. Demand this right. When you appear before the judge, ask for an attorney.
7.††† Donít make any decisions in your case until you have talked to a lawyer.
This is not complete advice. Be sure to consult a lawyer.
If They Search Your Home
Obviously if the cops come to search your home, thereís not much you can do to stop them. However, make sure that theyíre not just coming to ask you to turn down your music or to ask you if you saw somebody running in some direction. If theyíre coming to search your home, you probably wonít see or hear them until theyíre inside.
If the cops do bust down your door, flushing drugs down the toilet often works, but rare that you could get to the bathroom in time, or even collect your drugs in time to make that feasible. If the cops screw up somehow, and you see them getting ready to bust in on your house, grab your drugs and head to the bathroom and as soon as you hear them shouting and busting down your door, flush everything. But donít do it before. If cops are swarming around your house, theyíre probably interested in your neighbor instead of you, so thereís no reason to panic until you hear them actually busting into your home.
††††††††††† In the book, Marijuana Law, there was an example of a woman whoís apartment was raided. She broke free from a police officer, ran to the bathroom and locked the door. When they dragged her out of the bathroom, they found nothing on her and no drugs in her apartment, but another officer found a big bag of pot lying on the ground directly underneath her bathroom window. They charged her with possession, but she fought the charge and won, because there were many other apartments in that building and the police didnít have conclusive evidence that it came from hers. This was probably a screw-up on their part, though, as they should have had other officers watching the back of the apartment. If an officer had seen her throw it out the window, there would have been more than enough evidence.
††††††††††† So basically, in the unfortunate event that youíre ever raided, (as I have never been), thereís not much you can do other than just sit down, read the search warrant front to back, and hope that your hiding places are good enough to fool the cops. Make sure the warrant is signed by a judge. Check the warrant for special restrictions on the search, and hold the officers to it. Do not allow them to overstep their legal bounds. For example, if you live with your parents, and the warrant lists only your bedroom in the search list, do not let the officers stray from that search area, unless by allowing them to stray, they are leading themselves away from your hidden stash.
††††††††††† Be mature about the situation, and let the cops see that you know your rights. Ask questions about anything you donít understand in the warrant. You never know, you might uncover something theyíre being deceitful about.
††††††††††† Donít fight with the officers. Donít yell at them. Donít give them any reason to dislike you. The more you piss them off, the harder theyíll search. Perhaps even make friendly conversation with them in order to distract them from their task.
††††††††††† In the fortunate event that youíve hidden your pot well enough to keep them from finding it, the cops will probably try to intimidate and trick you into giving a clue to itís location. Make sure that youíre not so nervous that youíre staring at your hiding place. The best thing to do is keep your mouth shut whenever possible. Tell them you want a lawyer.
If You Get Arrested
The first thing cops are going to do when they arrest you is try to get you to turn on your friends. Cops always look for the bigger bust. Theyíll promise a reduced sentence for you, and while sometimes they do come through on this promise, usually theyíll pump you and threaten you to turn in more and more of your friends, changing the deal that you made at their whim. Often times working with the police will make your charges increase, because the cops find more ways to charge you with the same crime, or they get to know you and figure out how you work and what other crimes youíre committing. Theyíll promise you safety. Theyíll promise that your victim will never know it was you. These are both blatant lies. The first thing the police do when they bust someone is start trying to destroy friendships, and the cops will sell you out faster than you sold out yourself. And they will offer no protection whatsoever if someone decides to take vengeance on you. When I was arrested, the officer also lied about numerous other things, like how things would work, and what kind of penalty I was facing. The officer insisted that if I didnít work with them I faced a one year mandatory minimum in state prison. When I finally talked to a lawyer, I discovered my charge had a maximum of 90 days in local jail.
††††††††††† The other issue with narcing on your friends, is that once itís all over, if somehow the cops come through on their promises, youíll need to quit all illegal activities, because the police will specifically be targeting you, since they already know youíre willing to work with them.
††††††††††† So if youíre arrested, again, donít be an asshole about it, but donít speak to the police unless it is absolutely necessary. You are under no obligation whatsoever to speak, except to give your name. Donít let them trick you into divulging information. Make it clear that you want to speak to a lawyer before you answer any questions whatsoever.
††††††††††† Remember that a night in jail is not so bad. Movies and TV and the government want you to believe that jail is equivalent to hell on earth, full of beatings and ass-rapings, but itís not. When stuff like that happens in a local jail, people get sued. So one night in jail is nothing to worry about, and will probably make you a stronger person because of it (I wouldnít trade my one night in jail for anything, as I feel it made me a much better person in the long run). Narcing on a friend, on the other hand, will bring years of guilt and disrespect from everyone you deal with from then on.
††††††††††† Donít try to be big and macho about things, either. Donít try to tell the cops that you donít care about jail, because that will just challenge them to come down even harder on you in court, or in the plea-bargain negotiations. Donít be afraid to cry, especially if youíre a girl. Deep down inside cops know what they do is morally wrong, and they can still feel guiltÖ at least on some distant level. And they more than deserve to feel guilty for the atrocities they commit. Just donít try to fake your crying. They can usually tell when someoneís being phony.
††††††††††† Now, the question of whether to hire a lawyer or get a public defender can be a difficult one. With a public defender, thereís always the risk that peís working directly with the police and will sabotage your case. But with a simple marijuana charge, it might not be worth the money to you to hire a real lawyer. You must consider your case as well. Is it pretty obvious that youíre guilty, or do you think that if you had a good, manipulative lawyer, pe could make you look innocent, or at least find a technicality or loophole to get your case thrown out? Do you think the cops did something wrong that a real lawyer could pick out? If so, itís a good idea to at least take a few free consultations from professional lawyers. Remember that lawyers are sleazy people, but state prosecutors are ten times sleazier than the average lawyer, so itís good to have someone on your side that can play the game.
††††††††††† Then, the question of plea-bargaining or taking your case to trial. In almost all cases, the state will attempt to plea bargain. I personally feel, however, that drug dealers have a duty to their country to fight their case to the death. But making this statement makes me a hypocrite as I plea-bargained my own case, bringing a long jail sentence down to a few hours of community service. However, there are an incredible amount of things that can happen to get you out of trouble if you choose to fight your case in court, even if you have absolutely no case whatsoever. The police officer might forget to show up, for example, or something more important might come up, or someone might have forgotten to fill out some form, or just one member on the jury might believe that our drug laws are morally wrong and find you not guilty for that reason.
††††††††††† Also, when police officers are forced to show up for a court date, that means they canít be spending that time busting others, so in a sense, you are possibly saving one other person from being busted if you choose to fight your case in court.
Jury members have the right to vote not-guilty for any reason whatsoever, including their disagreement with the law. The problem is that youíre not allowed to mention that in court. Youíre not allowed to say much of anything, actually. With my case, I insisted that I take the case to court, and give no defense whatsoever. All I wanted to do was say the words, ďI know in my heart that I have done nothing wrong,Ē as my entire closing statement. My lawyer told me I would not be allowed to do this. Essentially, defendants are not allowed to defend themselves in court. Instead, you must play the legal games. However, I have a feeling that my lawyer was just trying to cover his own ass, not wanting to get in trouble for allowing me to be open and honest in court. What could the court do if I said something about the morality of drug laws, other than have it officially struck from the record? They couldnít easily prevent a suspect from saying such a thing to the juryÖ but on the other hand Iíve never been to court and donít really know.
If the extra jail time is not worth the knowledge that youíre helping to make the world a better place, then a plea-bargain is a reasonable option. But itís usually a good idea to make your prosecutor think that youíre willing to take your case to court. Donít take the first deal that your prosecutor offers. Tell your lawyer/public defender that you have moral issues with plea-bargaining, that you know youíve done nothing wrong, and that drug laws need to be stopped before they destroy society. If you insist on plea-bargaining, then make sure that you drive a very hard bargain.
Spotting a Narc or Undercover Cop
The number one most common way for a dealer to get busted is to have an informant rat per out. My advice is to stay aware of peopleís actions, and think about their motivations for those actions, during absolutely every deal that you make. A seemingly trustworthy person can turn to a narc pretty quick with the types of intimidation, threats and lies that the police will feed per. Most people busted for a crime will be given the opportunity to rat on their drug dealers and friends. Rapists and murderers probably arenít offered this opportunity, but just about everybody else is, and drug users/dealers are always offered the chance, except in very rare circumstances. Usually, police wonít spend much time chasing someone they know wouldnít be willing to rat on per friends.
The following are indicators to look for when trying to determine if a particular customer or supplier is an informant for the police. These, of course, are not absolute indicators. A really good Narc, backed by determined police wonít show any of these signs, or might show just a couple, but more often than not, the police donít take the time to do things really well. If they screw up a deal, it doesnít matter to them because thereís always other drug dealers to chase. Theyíd rather do thingís as quickly as possible, and risk having a few cases thrown out in order to bust as many people as they possibly can. The result is that they push and threaten their informants hard and donít allow them the time to make a deal in a professional and patient manner.
Wish to meet outside, in a
Quickly switch from customer to dealer or vice versa
or might not:
Be willing to make eye contact
Undercover cops are only slightly different than narcs and may or may not be willing to do drugs with you, but possibly will avoid the idea, and probably won't be willing to do large quantities or "harder" drugs. I suspect, however, that this changes as a person gets into the big time, and the cops are more desperate to make a large bust. Most of the points I listed for narcs also apply to undercover cops, except that undercovers are more willing to deal with you on your own turf, and may be available for short-notice deals. One common myth is that if asked, an undercover cop has to admit that pe is a cop. This used to be true years ago, but I should stress, undercover cops can legally lie about anything they want. Remember also, that an undercover or narc can be either a dealer or a customer, and can arrest people by both selling or buying.
But the best advice I could ever give another dealer is simply LISTEN TO YOUR INSTINCTS. Use your common sense. The things I've listed on this page are merely indicators. It all depends on how crafty or desperate the narc is, how bored the police are or how much they dislike you, et-cetera. If something doesn't seem right, cancel the deal or at least delay the deal and test the reaction. If the person seems to panic, youíve got your red flag. At the very least, change some aspect of the deal and test the reaction. You don't need to grab for every dollar that floats past your nose. Have enough self confidence to back out even at the last second if a red flag goes up. There will always be more deals.
If you do happen to suspect a person of being an informant, my suggestions are to first, do not accuse the person to per face. If pe is a narc, you donít want to be making an enemy out of per. But do not allow the person to see any aspect of your dealing, and do not allow the person in your home for any reason. Again, be nice about it. Remember that you have every right to kick someone out of your home on just a vague suspicion, but you donít have the right to be an asshole about it, or accuse and condemn without proof.
If you do suspect a Narc, ask everyone about per. Try to find out more information, and if your suspicions are confirmed, warn absolutely everybody that might be a target for the narc. And depending on the situation, if youíre feeling noble, talk to the narc, and try to make per understand the mistake pe is making. Read per my own story on getting busted and the section in this book. If you convince someone to stop working with the police, you are doing a great service to the community.
Awareness of People and Surroundings
As with any dangerous or illegal activities, awareness is one of your biggest weapons against getting caught. Get in the habit of scanning crowds and looking at everyoneís face. When entering a room, look at everyone, try to get a feel for the situation and the crowd that youíre hanging out with. When driving or riding in a car, especially when youíre on a deal but also when youíre not, be aware of the other cars around you, and their drivers. Even for very small-time dealers, itís possible the cops will follow you, even if they have no interest in busting you, in order to find your supplier. If youíre at all suspicious of this, do not lead the police to your supplierís house. Lead them astray somewhere, instead, and explain to your dealer the next time you see per. An intelligent dealer wonít be mad at you, even if pe thinks you over-reacted and jumped to conclusions. Erring on the side of caution will make both of you feel more confident in the long run.
††††††††††† I took a wilderness survival class in 2002, which taught an idea which they called, ďOwl eyes,Ē a technique for using your eyes to scan an entire area without looking at any specific thing. Television and other aspects of our society teach us to concentrate on one object at a time and not to look directly at other people. When it comes to survival (or, to a drug dealer, avoiding a bust) this is not a healthy way to look at things. We were taught in the class to take in a scene in its entirety, avoiding nothing but focusing on nothing, so that we can burn the scene into our subconscious, and pick out abnormalities, things that donít belong in the scene. The same holds very true for city landscapes, for those of you daring souls who want to street deal or deal in parking lots (which I do not recommend). Itís a good idea to scan every car and every person to search for anything out of the ordinary, specifically someone watching you. Make a habit out of these things, and do it all the time, so youíll get better at it and learn how to make your awareness look natural.
††††††††††† The same concept can hold true with smoking circles and parties. Learn how to look at everyone all at once and learn to sense when one person is out of the ordinary, or acting strangely.
††††††††††† And under the category of awareness, be sure to get to know your customers. Find out what kind of things are important to them. Find out where they live, where they work, what they like to do with their time, what they value in their life, both people and things, and whatís been going on in their lives. Find out everything you can about your customers and suppliers without being rude about it. Keep yourself informed every time you see the person. The more you know about a person the more confident you can be in assessing per trustworthiness or professionalism.
††††††††††† Itís important to remember, though, that you may become suspicious of people for very silly reasons, until youíve had time to practice and to understand how most people act during typical deals and smoking sessions. Itís important not to over-react and accuse someone of being a narc or undercover simply from a few suspicious movements.
You might say that the last section was getting a little paranoid, and I see your point. But remember what Kurt Cobain said, ďJust because youíre paranoid, doesnít mean theyíre not after you.Ē The cops might be following you, or they might have your phone tapped or even your living room or computer. Your friends could be working with them, or figuring out a way to rip you off. Thereís any number of things a dealer can worry about.
††††††††††† Paranoia of all shapes and sizes is something almost any dealer must deal with at some point. (If youíre not paranoid once in a while, then somethingís probably wrong with your perspective.) But paranoia, generally speaking, is something to avoid, one, because itís not fun, and two, because cops can smell fear so the more paranoid you are, the more likely they are to notice you or target you.
††††††††††† So a good dealer must find that fine line between constant awareness, thoughtfulness, and preparedness versus paranoia. Unfortunately this is a psychological issue and other than the couple ideas Iíll give, youíll have to figure out your own ways of dealing with paranoia.
††††††††††† I feel that much of a dealerís paranoia comes from breaking per own rules. When you break one of your own rules of conduct, it becomes blatantly obvious that youíre taking a legal risk, whereas before you might not have thought about it. Sometimes individuals will convince you to break your rules for convenience sake, and perhaps sometimes you will, but somehow you must find the perspective and confidence to not let things go too far and get too risky. If someone makes you nervous about the way pe does business, talk to the person, and if peís unwilling to change, consider not doing business with that person anymore.
††††††††††† Remember that itís important not to ignore paranoia. Paranoia or simple nervousness is your subconscious telling you that something is wrong. For your first few deals, and every time you do a deal thatís larger than what youíre used to, youíll probably have to override your paranoia, and just deal with it. But do not deny its existence, and donít choose to override your subconscious until you understand what it has to say.
††††††††††† But one thing to consider when trying to deal with paranoia is the actual, real-world statistics, as compared to other dangerous activities in life. Take for example the automobile. Every time you sell a sack, thereís a chance youíll get busted. Every time you go for a drive, thereís a chance youíll die in a car crash. But these chances vary greatly depending on how safe you are in your car or in your drug dealing. A person who gets in a car, is risking death, dismemberment, the destruction of the automobile, and the potential of killing a pedestrian or another driver. A small-time drug dealer who sells a forty sack is risking a night in jail and a small fine (usually significantly less than youíve made by selling), depending, of course on your location.
††††††††††† Another simple way to deal with paranoia, is to simply understand that you are doing absolutely nothing wrong. When you drive a car, you put other lives at risk, you support terrorism by buying their gasoline, you support pavement and the rape of the forests, and youíre supporting smog and the destruction of Earthís ozone layer. If you sell marijuana, youíre supporting peace, friendship, compassion, freedom, and getting high; nothing more. If you believe in God and heaven and hell, then you can rest assured that regardless of what the government may think of you, you will be rewarded in the afterlife for being a good person and not selling out to The Man. If you believe in karma, then just keep believing in it. Most criminals become paranoid not because theyíre afraid of being caught on a logical level, but because they know theyíve done something wrong, and deserve to be caught. Itís important for you, as a marijuana dealer, to understand that youíre not doing anything wrong. Marijuana dealers are not criminals, and shouldnít be thought of as such, as the laws do not really exist, because they are not constitutional.
Managing your Money
The one thing I canít stress enough is SAVE YOUR MONEY. Itís very easy to become intoxicated with all the cash accumulating in your closet, and to start spending it recklessly. When I was selling in larger quantities I found myself becoming addicted to fancy restaurants. When you have lots of cash lying around, the natural tendency is to spend it, especially when you donít have rules set up for yourself. While it may be fun to throw money around, you can never tell when something might happen and you need to stop dealing. If youíve blown all your money on fancy dinners, amusement parks, and stereo equipment, youíll find that all that drug dealing was for nothing. Then youíll find out itís very difficult to give up those luxuries. If youíre not spending your profits on college tuition, open a savings account (if you donít already have one), or hide a lock-box at your momís house, and start regularly adding to your savings. Make sure that your savings is kept separate from your drugs and the cash youíre using to turn over for profit. If you put everything in one box in your closet, and the police raid your home, they will probably seize it all. Itís much more difficult for them to seize a bank account than a wad of cash in your closet. And of course, if the cops canít find it, or if itís spread out among too many places, they canít seize it.
††††††††††† My recommendation for money management is to create a plan from the beginning, and stick to it. Keep track of all the money thatís coming in and going out and figure out exactly how much should go toward savings and how much should go toward various luxuries. Youíll need to spend some real time and thought on this, and youíll need willpower. Figure out your systems as soon as you start dealing, so that you can avoid developing unhealthy spending habits. But if your systems donít seem to work for you, or you figure out something better, donít be afraid to change, but donít let the change confuse things for you. It takes a lot of willpower to avoid spending too much, but if you steadily force yourself to keep adding to your savings and not take anything back out, you will thank yourself in the long run.
††††††††††† One issue with drug dealers when it comes to money management is multiple forms of currency. Most normal people either pay with cash for everything or they use a debit or credit card for everything they buy. When people start using multiple credit cards and switching between cards and cash, they get confused, and they start spending money unwisely because itís too hard to keep track of it when itís in so many different places.
††††††††††† But itís difficult for drug dealerís to avoid this. For example, you will have your regular drug dealing cash that youíre turning over for profit. Then you might have separate cash that youíre collecting to drop into your savings account. If you have a job and make tips, thatís a third type of currency in your life. Debit and credit cards add even more confusion on top of that.
Then you have the weed itself, which often acts as a currency. Itís often convenient to trade weed for goods and services. Hiring someone to clean your house, for example, at a gram an hour might seem like a great deal for both parties. You might have only paid $7 for that gram because you bought in quantity but the person you hired feels as though peís getting $10 worth of payment, because thatís what a gram would cost per normally. For this reason, using weed as currencyóespecially when youíre hiring or trading with someone who doesnít normally buy from youócan be a very beneficial idea. You just need to take this into consideration in your original planning.
††††††††††† Remember that all the different forms of currency are equally valuable, and should be rationed accordingly. For example, dealers often tend to think of weed as not being real money, because they didnít spend as much for it, as a waitress might blow all her tips every night instead of counting it as part of her real income, and rationing it.
††††††††††† If youíre at all confused by the concepts in this section, Iíd recommend reading a book about managing your money.
††††††††††† Above all, money management takes good will-power.
Managing Your Smoking Habits
The concepts here are very similar to managing your money. Remember that weed is the same as money. People often say that to a drug dealer weed is ďpractically free,Ē but this usually comes from someone whoís never sold and doesnít have a clear concept of the mathematics of dealing. If you smoke a bowl, youíre smoking your money. It might cost you less to smoke that bowl than it would for a general user, but youíre still smoking your money away.
††††††††††† However, I donít recommend anyone sell a drug that they donít use already. Thatís just weird, and it makes you look greedy, or like youíre somehow above your customers. But you donít need to use it all that often.
††††††††††† Unfortunately marijuana really is psychologically addictive, and if you donít have good will-power, youíll find your smoking cutting into your profits a bit more than you desire. Like having piles of money, when you have lots of weed lying around your tendency is to smoke it. My recommendation is to give yourself a specific allotment. You can choose a weekly, daily or monthly allotment, but again, it will take much willpower to stick to your allotment. If you choose to give yourself weekly or monthly allotments make sure to track the amount youíre smoking and ration it from the beginning. Also be sure to account for parties and special 420 gatherings when youíre naturally going to smoke a lot more than you normally would.
††††††††††† Also, itís good to keep in mind the different methods of smoking pot. Knife hits and vaporizers conserve the weed far more than a bong does. Pipes are somewhere in between. I tend to smoke pot primarily through knife hits, as it takes less than half the amount each time to get me stoned.
††††††††††† Another point to mention in this section, is that while rationing your pot is extremely important, itís also fairly important to have a healthy social attitude about smoking. Itís not polite to let your customers load all the bowls, and people generally look down on a dealer whoís stingy in the smoking circle. Also, loading bowls, in some situations can help break the ice with potential customers and help advertise your wares.
On the other hand, donít let your social obligations get in the way of school or work. Donít feel guilty for not smoking pot with someone if you have a legitimate excuse like not being able to function at work stoned, or having a test to study for, or a drug test to take.
Itís good to have distractions for the times when youíre not selling. Find things to do with your time that donít involve smoking weed, things that interest you enough to distract you from smoking. Sports, hobbies, classes, etc. Donít spend every waking hour in the drug world, as youíll find yourself losing perspective on other things in life.
Managing Your Time
Once you start selling regularly you must ask the question, ďhow much time do I want to spend doing this?Ē If you start becoming popular, people are going to be demanding more and more of your time, and often times you must choose between making sales or doing something else that you want to do. Choices like this, again, depend on how much money you want to make and how much risk you are willing to take. But obviously, when a situation comes up when you must choose between making a couple different deals, you should generally take the larger quantity sale, as the profit margin is more worth your time. Donít let someone hassle you or make you feel guilty for not wanting to take the time out of your schedule to sell a ten sack. A dealer must control per own schedule rather than allowing customers to control it.
††††††††††† However, it is almost impossible to avoid the necessity of altering your own schedule to suit the needs of your supplier. Generally speaking, the seller of the product should have most of the control in scheduling and location of deals. Basically, when youíre the customer, you should be following the rules, but when youíre a dealer, you get to make the rules. But of course, when making rules, you must keep your customerís needs in mind or they will go somewhere thatís more convenient.
††††††††††† Another good question to ask is what time of day is it safest to make deals?
††††††††††† If youíre delivering by car, on foot, or bicycle, it is easier and more common for cops to stop you, and also more common for passers-by to become suspicious if youíre dealing at night. However, drug task force agencies usually work during the day, therefore, it is much less likely to be narced off or sell to an undercover if youíre selling at night. If youíre a good driver in a car thatís fully up to code, and donít look like a suspicious person, or if youíre selling from your home, it might not be a bad idea to concentrate your dealing in the hours after . But when selling from your home, itís very important to make your customers stay in your home for at least half an hour, especially at night, as neighbors get very suspicious of five minute visits at two in the morning. †††
Dating and Drug Dealing
I once met a young man whoíd just gotten out of prison because his ex-girlfriend had turned him into the police, busting him with about ten pounds of pot. He told me some of his friends had gone searching for her while he was in prison to find that she had entered the witness protection program. Her family had no knowledge of where she was, which meant that she had abandoned them simply to get vengeance on him for whatever he did in their relationship.
††††††††††† Now this is obviously one extreme example. He was a skuzzy guy, trying to get as much sex as he possibly could. He wasnít someone that I was willing to deal with, as he was such a shady character.
††††††††††† From what Iíve seen on TV, everyone screams and yells when they break up, which is something that has never happened in any of my relationships. I think certain people have more of a tendency to have angry breakups than others. For me and most of the types of people that I hang out with, this is never an issue. But for many other drug dealers, especially men, vengeful exes are a serious consideration.
††††††††††† If your tendency is to have highly emotional relationships, alternating between loud fighting and loud sex, I would recommend being very careful. Unfortunately I canít help you with any of these problems because I donít really understand them. But the last thing you want when youíre a drug dealer is to get the cops called to your house for a domestic disturbance. Even if youíre just yelling at each other and someone accidentally drops something on the floor, if you live in an apartment, the neighbors might think youíre beating each other up.
††††††††††† Iím certainly not telling you to avoid relationships altogether if you tend to have these problems. Drug dealing should never take the fun and excitement out of life. But you should try to find better ways of dealing with things if youíre worried about either domestic disturbance calls or vengeful exes.
††††††††††† A couple minor things for men to consider. Number one, watch out for women (especially in their late teens early twenties) who are only interested in you because you keep them stoned. My guess is that this is much more of an issue for dealerís who sell harder drugs. They can be hard to spot sometimes, and often times they even have themselves fooled as to their real motives for dating you.
††††††††††† And number two, be aware that some women tend to become a little jealous of the time you spend drug dealing. Make sure that you figure out what your real priorities are, and be honest with her about them.
††††††††††† Which brings me to my final point about honesty. Whatever you do, donít lie to your significant other about your drug dealing. Lying creates for unhealthy relationships and a higher potential for vengeful exes.†††††††
Women in Drug Dealing
Unfortunately Iíd say that %80-%90 of drug dealers are men, but some of the most successful dealers Iíve ever met have been women. The police as well as the general public tend to be less suspicious of women. If you have lots of people coming and going from your home, many people will jump to the conclusion that youíre a slut before they think youíre dealing drugs. I have a feeling that juries are less likely to convict women, just as they are more likely to convict blacks and Hispanics over whites and Asians. So in my opinion, women have an automatic advantage in this field.
††††††††††† Also, the boyfriend-girlfriend dealing alliances tend to be very financially beneficial for both parties, and are often more convenient and less stressful than dealing solo, as the trust factor is not an issue. By pooling your resources (money and connections), you increase the amount of pot you can buy at a time, thereby reducing the price-per-gram and increase the number of people you can potentially buy from and sell to.
Though much of this book can be helpful to people who distribute things other than marijuana, I wrote it mostly for people who wish to deal strictly in the ganja. I have a small amount of experience with mushrooms, and no experience with LSD or Ecstasy, other than experimenting as a user. These three drugs, along with an array of prescription pain killers and seizure medication, are the most likely drugs that a marijuana dealer will come across. Experimenting with them yourself shouldnít get you into any trouble, as long as you do things safely, and always get feedback from friends who have tried something from the same batch. Just remember not to get so fucked up that you canít do the math required to make a deal. I knew someone once who got so fucked up that he forgot a pound of weed at some guyís house that heíd never met. Fortunately for him the dude was honest and gave it back, but you can just imagine what other things might happen when youíre carrying valuable cash and marijuana, and at the same time getting blitzed on some drug that youíve never tried before. Basically Iím just reminding you to be careful.
††††††††††† And on the same note, be extra careful of addiction. Iíve seen some dealers become addicted to prescription pain medication and need to sell more and more weed in order to support their habits. Dealers can sometimes spend too much time in the drug world, and feel as though they canít or shouldnít take a break from it, and can become addicted to things more easily, especially when thereís a constant supply of cash and the occasional customer or dealer who wishes to trade drugs. It doesnít happen to very many dealers, but it does happen. Of course, one great weapon against addiction is to be frugal. If youíre saving your money, youíre not spending it on getting high, youíre saving it for more important things, like college or your children, because you never know when your drug dealing days might suddenly end for one reason or another.
††††††††††† On the selling of other drugsÖ well, your risk level obviously depends on what the other drugs are that you are selling and how much you posses. Also, with marijuana there is very little chance of anyone having adverse reactions, and no chance that someone could die. With some of the other drugs you might run across, the risks to your customers might be higher. Mushrooms are generally safe as well, and canít kill anyoneóassuming youíve made certain that theyíre real psilocybin mushrooms and not store bought mushrooms with drops of acid on them. Trickery like this is rare, but you must still be sure. Testing a drug yourself first (starting in small doses, obviously) before selling any of it is usually the best option, so that you can tell your customers honestly (and be damn sure to be honest because your customers will hate you if you arenít, and theyíll be more trusting if you are) what your trip was like.
††††††††††† As for acidÖ Iím a bit torn on this subject. Iíve done acid a few times in my life and found it to be very emotionally and spiritually beneficial, and believe that humans should have the right to have access to the drug. However, the penalties for distribution of LSD are quite ridiculous. Not only are they insanely harsh, but they make no sense. For example, a person who sells clean, thoroughly tested LSD can be prosecuted every bit as harshly as someone who distributes acid with dangerous levels of strychnine. Also, for paper acid, when the police decide on the charge to lay, they weigh the paper, rather than measuring the amount of the drug. A person with a sheet of paper with a single hit of acid on it can be charged twice as harshly as the person with a half sheet of paper containing two hundred hits.
††††††††††† When it comes to selling acid, morals and karma play a major part. Itís easy to trick people into buying phony acid, and often times people are willing to take paper acid that might not be very clean, just because they canít find anything good. Never sell acid that you wouldnít be willing to take yourself. Many dealers I know who sell acid when it comes around, have a rule only to sell liquid acid, liquid soaked into sugar cubes, or gel tabs. Most dealers I know wonít even touch paper acid, because most paper has strychnine in it, a chemical used to bind the acid to the paper and to add to the high. The more strychnine in the paper, the more dramatic the hangover (with good acid there should not be a hangover at all) and the more your back will ache the next day. If the producer accidentally put too much strychnine or if the user took too many hits, the consequences can be very dramatic. Strychnine is a rat poison and in rare cases has been known to kill humans, but mostly, for people who take poorly manufactured paper acid, the effects are just very uncomfortable.
††††††††††† As I said, a person who sells safe acid can be prosecuted just as harshly as someone who sells deadly acid, however, the police are far more likely to target someone who is selling something that isnít safe.
††††††††††† With drugs like acid and mushrooms, the dealer has a responsibility to double-check to make sure that the users know what theyíre doing. While mushrooms and acid almost never have harmful physical effects, their mental effects can be damaging to certain types of people. My personal belief is that most adverse mental and emotional reactions to mushrooms or acid have to do with a personís fear of free thought. Mushrooms and acid expand the mind, offering new avenues of thought and perspective. Some people, however, are terrified of new perspectives and wish to be stuck in the same mode of thought for their entire lives, as it provides stabilityóor the illusion of stability. One example is the desperately religious, someone who believes peíre going to burn in hell if pe doesnít force perself to believe in God or fear hurting per parents by expressing an alternate view of reality.
††††††††††† However, itís almost impossible to tell who will have an adverse emotional reaction. Itís not a dealerís place to try to tell others how to think or what kind of drugs they can and cannot do, but itís very important, especially with people who have never tried a psychedelic before, that they understand that mushrooms and acid arenít some kind of party drug that just get you moving and make you happy. Your customers need to understand that they are mind expanding and can be used in both beneficial and damaging ways. For an inexperienced user, make sure pe understands the safety precautions for psychedelics, like never driving a car or forcing yourself to interact with large crowds of people, or forcing yourself to do anything for that matter, and especially, to take the drug with someone peís comfortable with, who has experience and knows how to handle emotional problems related to shrooms and acid.
††††††††††† As for all the prescription drugs you might run across, I donít think I can help you much. They all have different dangers, different popularity among the drug culture, and quite possibly different criminal penalties. Just make sure that before you start selling any drug that you know what youíre doing, and that your customers know what theyíre doing.
††††††††††† And finally, you must keep in mind that if youíre selling more than one kind of drug, the police can lay charges for each individual drug that you possess. Having a few hits of acid on hand isnít all that dangerous but if you have some mushrooms and a few ounces of weed as well, all that can add up to quite a charge.
††††††††††† As for the hard drugs, like coke, methamphetamines, and heroin, my simple recommendation is to stay the hell away from them. Most people Iíve known whoíve done these drugs say theyíre not worth your time in any way shape or form. These drugs might make people feel good the first few times they try them, but ultimately they do them because theyíre addictive, and eventually all these drugs cease to be enjoyable.
††††††††††† For me, I refuse to sell to anyone who has even a minor addiction to any of these drugs, but this attitude may be a bit too discriminatory for other dealers. But my theory is that an addiction as powerful as what these hard drugs can cause is too often going to overshadow the personís moral values. The person who narced me off to the police as well as the person that broke into my house were both methamphetamine addicts.
††††††††††† Also, police like to target hard drug users almost as often as marijuana dealers, so if your customer is addicted to something else, thereís a greater chance the police will be following per to your house.
††††††††††† If youíre the type of person who looks down on users of hard drugs, donít let your disdain showójust get rid of the person in a friendly and polite manner. Thereís no sense making enemies.
Parties and Concerts
Parties and concerts can be a great way to sell weed fast, and usually people are willing to pay a little more, because often they didnít plan ahead for their pot smoking desires, and you become their only option. Itís important to remember not to take advantage of anyone, though, just because theyíre drunk and canít remember what a properly weighed sack looks like.
††††††††††† I donít have any knowledge as to the frequency of narcs and undercovers mingling at parties and concerts. If you have any information about this type of thing, please email me.
††††††††††† I donít recommend crashing parties to sell drugs, and most of the same rules apply about not selling to strangers. I recommend not going to parties with the soul intention of selling your wares. Thatís not what this is about. Usually itís good, however, to just carry a couple sacks, just in case somebody needs your help.
††††††††††† The only real issue about parties is if youíre underage. If youíre an underage drinker, and attempting to sell pot at the same time, make certain you know the people who own the house, and make sure they know what to do if the cops come. Some people, when the cops come to bust the party, will let them waltz right into the house and start arresting people, instead of asserting their rights. Make sure the owner of the home knows that pe has a right to refuse entry to police officers, and make sure that if youíre drinking underage, that the owner of the home has a place for you to hide in an upstairs bedroom, if worse comes to worse.
††††††††††† Or if you have a fake ID, that can work too. Just make sure itís a really good fake ID to fool a cop. Many fake IDís will work fine at the grocery store, but fail immediately when viewed with a trained eye.
††††††††††† If you are over the drinking age, then you have much less to worry about. Keep your ID with you to prove it, just in case the cops come, and donít drive home if youíve been drinking.
Dealing Drugs Supports Terrorism?
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††††††††††† On the other hand, when you fill your automobile with gasoline, some of that money goes toward middle-eastern nations, some of who support terrorism, so driving an automobile supports terrorism every bit as much as dealing drugs. (Driving a car also promotes the destruction of natural resources, which drug dealing of course does not, but thatís a different issue. But George ďDub-YaĒ wouldnít have you stop driving, because, of course, cars support our economy.)
††††††††††† And even if dealing drugs somehow supported terrorism, the only reason they are capable of making money this way is because drugs are illegal. So thatís all the more reason to fight for legalization.
And also, drugs have nothing to do with the cause of terrorism. Terrorists want to attack America because itís the US economy and US government that have forced over one billion people into starvation by strategically cutting off food supplies, mainly to Muslim nations. The United States throws away enough food to feed every hungry person on the planet many times over. That is an act of war. The US government has placed military, and deadly weapons on Muslim holy land. That too, is an act of war. Not to mention all of the bombs weíve dropped on villages and all the leaders weíve assassinated in other countries over the years.
But somehow our president still finds a way to blame these problems on pot smokers, who happen to be some of the most notoriously peaceful people in the world, behind Quakers and Jehovahís Witnesses.
So if you feel even the slightest bit guilty for selling drugs and supporting terrorism, just forget about it. Itís just more propaganda and liesóthe same old story from the US government.
How to Roll a Sack
This is probably one of those ďDuhĒ sections, but for the first couple months that I sold pot, I did not know how to roll a proper sack. Thereís no practical reason to know this, except that itís the standard way that dealers sell potówhy, I canít tell youóand itíll make you look like a real professional.
††††††††††† First take a standard sandwich baggie and place the eighth at the bottom of the sack with the buds lined up evenly in a line to cover the entire bottom of the sack, then simply fold the sack over the buds and roll the sack tightly as though it were a joint. Lick the top flap and pull it around the sack to make a cylinder. A properly rolled sack can be held with two fingers at one end and will remain straight.
Summary and Important Points
Before you start selling, read this book in itís entirety, but remember that I am not the end-all authority.
Understand the risks before you do anything.
Use your brain and your intuition every step of the way, before, during and after every deal.
Figure out the mathematics of dealing before you start.
The following rules are very important to follow when you are dealing with your supplier and itís very important to demand that your customers follow these rules as well.
1. Respect your dealer or hookup and per paranoia. If peís selling pot to you, peís taking a lot more risk than you are.
2. Never show up without calling.
3. Never bring over people that the dealer does not personally know.
4. Never say anything over the telephone, even something like "could you help me out with something?" If the cops have a phone tapped, they're going to know what you're talking about. Most dealers require their customers to keep their mouths shut over the phone line, saying nothing more telling than "Can I come over to visit?" But even if you only say that much a steady dealer will probably know what you want.
5. Always ask for drugs in person, and in complete privacy, or wait for the dealer to bring up the subject. Just because a dealer is hanging out with people, doesn't mean pe trusts them.
6. Never stay less than half an hour in a dealer's home. One major way that people get busted is by having too many people coming and going from their house. Drug dealers are people, not convenience stores. Good dealers have things for customers to do while theyíre visiting: video games, food, good conversation, etc.
Remember that fronting can be dangerous for both parties. If someone frontís you weed, you need to be completely sure you can sell it all without smoking it or losing it, and pay the dealer back in a timely fashion. If you are going to front money or pot to someone else, make sure itís someone you trust, obviously, and even so, make sure you never front more than you can afford to lose.
Donít sell to strangers. Only sell to people you can trust, long-time friends, family, etc. Always try to see the situation from the other personís perspective when trying to decide if pe is trustworthy. Itís always better to know where the person lives and to have a connection to a loved one. Avoid people who lie or steal in other areas of their lives. The fine art of drug dealing is knowing who you can trust: who is your friend and who is just pretending.
Donít be a pusher.
ALWAYS run your business in an ethical manner. Donít rip people off, and donít pad or kief your sacks. Treat people with respect. Cops target dealers who donít do things in an ethical manner.
††††††††††† And always remember, youíre in this to help make the world a better place, to fight for freedom, and to help out your friends. Donít get greedy. Always vote for medical marijuana initiatives.
Itís a good idea not to make more than a couple deals a day on average, or else youíll likely attract attention to yourself. When you reach this point, first cut off the five and ten sacks, then twenties and finally forties until youíre as big-time as you want to be. But donít push things too quickly. Be fully aware of the criminal penalties and risks before breaking into large-scale dealing.
Avoid drawing attention to yourself. Wear common clothes, drive a normal-looking car (not a VW bus or a Ferrari) When driving, donít give the police any reason to pull you over.
Remember to save your money. You never know when you will be forced to quit selling and if youíve spent all your earnings on frivolous things, youíll live to regret it.
Remember to manage your smoking habits. Donít smoke too much just because youíre a dealer and think that itís ďpractically freeÖĒ because itís not.
And as for copsÖ just remember that cops are liars. All of them. They do not have moral values of any kind, but they still have guidelines that theyíre supposed to follow. So never trust anything a cop says, no matter how convincing. NEVER CONSENT TO A SEARCH, no matter what trickery pe may use, like telling you youíre required to consent, or that peíll go easy on you. Donít be a jerk, though, and donít accuse the cop of lying. If you know how to kiss ass then use your skills on the officer, and donít be ashamed. Be cool and confident with the police officer. Never show disrespect. Never lie or try to run, unless youíre extremely confident that you can get away with it. Carry your ID with you, as cops are less suspicious of people willing to show their ID.
If youíre busted, remember again that cops are liars and have no morals. They will lie to you about the charges you face, about what jail is like, and about how the police system works, all to convince you to turn in your friends. Then they will change the deal and make you turn in more and more people, promising your secrecy but announcing you to everyone they bust. They often work their narcs to death. Literally.
††††††††††† So if youíre busted, demand a lawyer, and KEEP YOUR DUMB MOUTH SHUT. Say absolutely nothing other than, ďSorry, Iím gonna wait till I have a lawyer.Ē
The following chart has indicators for identifying narcs and undercover officers. Remember that narcs or undercovers are not required to tell you who they are if you ask. They can legally tell whatever lie they want.
Wish to meet outside, in a
Quickly switch from customer to dealer and vice-versa
or might not:
Be willing to make eye contact
Drugs neither cause nor support terrorism. Marijuana does not cause brain damage. Marijuana does not cause people to wind up living in ditches. The US governmentís main power in this world is itís ability to tell blatant lies without feeling guilty.
Itís not a war on drugs. Itís a war on personal freedom. Keep that in mind at all times. Thank you.
Recommended Reading and Viewing
1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
Grass, starring Woody Harrelson
Reefer Madness Ė 1936 marijuana propaganda film
Brazil Ė Terry Gilliam, director