Running dry is the worst nightmare of every stoner, and that bad dream is exacerbated when you are out-of-town and you don’t know any plugs. We have all been there and usually take serious steps to avoid ending up in this dilemma, but since I am a piss poor planner, I have been in this situation on multiple occasions. Luckily, with a little confidence and creativity, I have always been able to score some nugs.
I was actually in this position on Tuesday and the course of actions I took inspired this article.
I was heading to Pismo Beach for an overnight trip and grabbed my last dab as I was heading out the door, but dabs weren’t all I was out of. I was also out of money. Lucky for me I was getting paid the next day, but I still needed to line someone up to purchase from.
Here are some expert tips and tactics, I have developed to score. If you’re ever in a situation similar to the one I found myself in hopefully you too will be successful in acquiring some loud buds.
The most obvious place to start is a cannabis club. If you are a patient, this will most likely be the most efficient way to get your hands on your favorite strain, in some places they might even deliver it. However, if you are not a patient or your rec is expired, cannabis collectives will be of no aid in your search for chronic.
*Pro Tip* Get a cannabis card from the on site doctor, when available.
Another wonderful place to start a search is the internet. (Probably not such a good idea in prohibition states.) With the explosion of medical cannabis, online marketplaces such as craigslist.com have become tools for reaching more patients and advertising your product. And luckily there are multiple illicit advertisers there that will sell to any face in the crowd of cannabis consumers. Although getting busted is possible, there is little to nothing to fear from police when purchasing small amounts of cannabis on the internet, and I have done so successfully on multiple occasions, so shoot them a text and see what happens.
Head shops are another viable option. The odds that whoever is running the place gets high are astronomical, so if you play it cool, they might just hook you up. If they can’t, they almost definitely know someone who can. Don’t be all weird when you ask and try using code names or any of that cop stuff, it will just make them think you are a narc or a loser. Instead be direct and confident. I usually say something like, “Is there anything else available that might not be on the shelves?” But If they seem cool, I’ll tell the attendant I’m from out-of-town and ask if they can hook me up, or know anyone who can. You might have to wait until they get off work, but it’s often successful and the trees are probably going to be of high quality.
*Pro Tip* Buy a piece and ask if they can help you fill it up. The patronage of their business will be appreciated and the fact that you are buying something to smoke out of will help minimize the idea that you might be a narc.
Casinos and Card Rooms. This where I made my score after the recent dry spell I mentioned earlier. I got hooked up by one of the guys at my poker table and thanks to a hot streak of cards, my opponents paid for my bag. Most casinos are full of drug fueled gamblers and party animals so you should have no problem acquiring what you need. I have been offered weed, crank and everything in-between while visiting them. Your best bet to score in a casino is to be friendly and attentive to the players at your table. If you make a weed joke and everyone laughs, chances are someone can help you. Your busted strait is probably worthless as well, so save the bluff and buy some weed.
*Pro Tip* Try to win a couple of hands so you can pay for your sack with other people’s money. And even if you lose all your money someone might take pity on you and smoke you out.
Last but not least – homeless people, vagrants and street urchins. While they are not always holding the product, they usually know where to acquire it quickly. Approach them as your equal, just because they are in a different situation than you in life does not make them any less human, or in any way inferior or subservient to you. Most of us are only one injury, illness or economic turn from homelessness. I myself once lived on the streets and that situation played a large part in me joining the military in order to escape it. And if a friendly outcast does help you procure, you should offer to hook them up with a couple of nugs or kick them down a few bucks for their assistance.
The quality of weed in the wild may vary, but unlike a cannabis collective or local dealer, you may be able to negotiate the price and amount. Be careful and attentive, as some individuals may be so eager to make a couple bucks, the transaction could be too quick or you might take a trip down a rabbit hole.
Proper planning will keep you out of situations like this, but if you’re a stranger in a strange land and you need to score, I can almost guarantee that if you follow my advice there should be no reason you’re not rolling up a fatty in no time at all.