For the past five or six years, my clients have asked me, “If weed is legalized, will you still be in business?” or, “Will your price go up or down?” Even as D.C. moves closer to making pot legal or decriminalized, my answers haven’t changed: “I’m still here,” and “Prices are, and always will be, the same!”
I really don’t feel that the decriminalization would be bad for business; if anything, the prospect is making business better. People are more open to using marijuana, and therefore more open to coming to me. In the DMV area, marijuana has always been very popular (at least from what I’ve seen), but since the decriminalization of marijuana around the nation I’ve taken on more clients.
If you think decriminalization would make it a lot easier to get weed, you might be wrong. It’s not like the government is allowing companies to package up pre-rolled joints for sale at your local gas station and corner stores (at least, not yet). Just look at medical marijuana: Here in D.C., it’s hard for patients to qualify, so that hasn’t made pot any easier to buy. It has given me a new sales pitch: Medicinal marijuana is the prime-time stuff, and I’ve always carried the best of the best. So I make it easier for people who don’t have that card to get access to prime-time medicinal marijuana.
The current criminal status does make pot difficult to deal, but it’s not extremely hard. The most important thing is to make sure my customers are comfortable with buying. I ride a bike and usually will meet up with someone in a public place, a bar, or a coffee house, have a drink or something, and do the deal. I will also meet them at their house if it’s reasonably close. Some people will always be a little paranoid, but most people these days aren’t that scared.
Legalizing marijuana is a totally different ball game. Until the District does it, it’s hard to foresee how it might work: Is there going to be a legal limit? Would it be sold in certain stores, shops, etc? I will assume that the U.S. might look at how other countries have done it as a model. As a dealer, decriminalization would be great, but legalization would, more than likely, put me out of business. Of course, I would stick at it until it’s virtually impossible to deal, but I honestly don’t think I’d be making the money I have in the past. If it’s legalized, I’d try to find a legal job selling weed! Why not?
That’s how I’d see legalization as a dealer. As a marijuana user, though, I would love to see the District—and the nation—legalize it.
Illustration by Carey Jordan