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News you can use: Globe reports that if you go up to strangers asking where to buy pot, they'll look at you like you're nuts

So kids, just don't do it, mkay? And if you do score some weed, throw it out! And heavens, don't tell anybody how much you paid.

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He should have headed for a high school parking lot, LOL.

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he had the right idea trying a college campus, but Harvard? Something tells me the kids trying to make a career of politics, law, big business, and medicine would rather not risk having a drug bust on their records. This "reporter" needs to get out more. Emerson, BU, BC, Northeastern, hell Simmons would've been a better bet!
Also, has this guy never heard of a bar?! Whenever I am travelling and want some green the friendly local bartender is typically the first place I try. almost never fails(not that they're drug dealers but they usually can point you to someone) but if it does, the next step is the strip club, where most drugs are available. If you don't wanna pay the cover then public parks and bus/train depots are good but might take a while, and finally, you might have to (gasp) go to the non-white, non tourist parts of town. OOoooooh scary....

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I can't remember where I read it, but I've seen it numerous times, authors basically saying "schools like Harvard always had the best drugs." Mostly because the kids have the money to buy good stuff. Having attended an Ivy myself, I can say with confidence that it's true. And if you think drug use isn't common there because they are more focused on their careers, well I am sure they are happy to let you think that!

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Guy with a foil covered door had anything you wanted. He was also my study pal for quantum physics and that study group had the highest scores in the class.

If he didn't have it, he could introduce you to a friend at another dorm known for running grows in the basement. MIT had good stuff - and some of it was probably made on campus.

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Of course they're focused, thank you Adderall!

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I dont know about Harvard but I can tell you that at UMass Amherst in the early 70s we definitely had the best drugs and the most drugs. There was even a door to door hashish salesman who knocked on doors every Saturday morning at a certain dorm in Southwest.

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not what I meant at all, just that a Harvard drug dealer (or person who might occasionally sell drugs to friends there) is probably not dumb enough to try and make a new client they've never seen before right there in Harvard yard. Everyone knows the best acid goes through MIT for instance! Doubt someone is out brazenly dealing it on Vassar St though.

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who will make their non ghetto customers more comfortable, such as a fellow college student. Don't worry, you don't have to go to the 'bad' neighborhoods.

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Tell Chauncey to throw on the Sperry's and Vineyard Vines, the "non ghetto" folk are texting!

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Another hard-hitting investigative piece, much like the one the Globe ran on a reporter going into locker rooms looking for "locker room talk". Pulitzer here we come! So glad Linda Pizzuti-Henry turned things around there.

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I've seen better writing and reporting from high school newspapers. Jesus, what an embarrassment.

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They haven't won a Pulitzer at that place since way back in, uh, 2015.

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Call me old-fashioned, but I trusted Nancy Reagan when she urged me to Just Say No

Hm, more like "call me gullible".

And the guy turned his sister "in" to his mom because she smelled of the "devil's lettuce", and he is proud of this enough to write about it? Ho-kay.

Thank goodness he threw the weed away. Phew.

And why can't we see his face? I mean is he in the witness protection program or something?

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And told him that part of his story would be pictures of him legally consuming it.

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I saw a photo (his twitter handle was tagged in a post by the Globe!).. geeky. Honestly if I was selling pot or knew of where to get any.. I wouldn't have told him anyways. There would be just something strange about the whole situation.

(and like I said below.. I don't know why, but Steve Annear would have been better suited for this and probably would have scored easier)

And get her quote right, which was

"And when my younger sister arrived home one night back in high school smelling of the devil’s lettuce, I did what any self-respecting graduate of the DARE program would do: I told my mom."

I almost fell out of my chair laughing so hard at that. Devil's lettuce... hahaahah

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Dugan also uses the word swell and isn't joking when he uses it. One of his hobbies is pushing Darla on the swing.

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I like the words "Devil's Lettuce" much better.

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Jazz cabbage

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This story idea had Steve Annear's name all over it.

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I think Steve would have had much better luck finding pot than this person.

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....they could have just bought a bale off Chris Faraone.

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The ironic thing is the picture in the article shows the "reporter" walking up Winter Street in DTX. That's where pounds and pounds of weed are sold out in the open every day. The whole block is under a weed cloud. They must have seen his Globe credentials around his neck or his Narc hat coming.

What a completely ignorant tone deaf story. UGH.

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It was meant to be light-hearted. Unlike (seemingly) everyone on this board, he doesn't know anyone who sells pot. There are plenty of people around who haven't a clue about these things, so it was fine to read about one man's experience.

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I'm pretty sure that was Skippy, the President of the Reefer Madness fan Club.

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So, back then, nobody shared mary-jee-wanna cigarettes? Everyone had their own? But if this took place during The Great Depression, how could people afford it?

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Yeah, it was for fun.

PS. It was weird to not put the pricing in, though.

For those of us who don't know, what's the street price for this sort of thing? (Is it wrong to post on this board?)

Like, what does an ounce cost? And, a nickel bag was called a nickel bag b/c it cost $5 and you got five ounces, right? I don't remember the lingo from high school.

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I have no idea Officer. I do not smoke the Devil's Lettuce.

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Devil's Arugula, that's going to cost you more...

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It will cure everything.

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Yes, a nickel bag was called such because it cause $5. No, you did not get 5 ounces (closer to 5 grams, though in my day that would have been a little light).

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An ounce in my day - 1970s - cost anywhere from $20 (for a bag mostly full ragweed, seeds and stems) on up to about $50 for something righteously aromatic and lovely. When I was dealing with some friends, we generally put about 3 grams into a nickel, 6.5 or 7 grams into a dime, or sold you the full oz. for $40.

I've heard $400 quoted for an ounce these days, but I haven't bought any in years so don't take my word for it. I usually depend upon the kindness of strangers for the occasional toke or two I take these days.

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My dealer in the early 70s sold his best stuff for $35. I miss cheap marijuana. But on the other hand most pot these days is more potent than the stuff I smoked back then.

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This is where the globe comments are useful under this article.

A savvy buyer in Western Massachusetts can get a $260-$300 ounce delivered to their door from a regular, consistent supplier.

And I tend to think that is about right for around here also. Not that I know these things personally or anything.

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but throwing it out in the end? The stuff is legal. He should of done another story on how easy it was (or not) for him to sell it.

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Well, *selling* it would be illegal, so that's unlikely. But he could have done a story on giving it away.

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Can the Globe just start calling themselves The Metro you have to pay for?

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So many pop culture references, so little time.
Actually, this reminded me of one of those "Saturday Night Live" sketches that just goes on way too long. Perhaps a guest appearance by Cheech & Chong would enliven things. But probably not.

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I am curious as to how landlords are going to handle this. Sure, they can say no smoking in the apartment (good luck implementing) but what if the tenant has a prescription for medicinal purposes?

I will tell you one thing, I am driving my car less and less, too many people out there under the influence of prescription drugs. Just my opinion.

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do I play one on T.V. but just like you can't smoke in apartments, due to your lease, the same will be true whether it is smoking cigs or weed. If you are smoking the "devil's lettuce" for medicinal purposes, the landlord is out of luck:

Here you go:

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/renters_have_own_challeng...

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It comes in a variety of forms, including oils, gummy bears and, one assumes, brownies.

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Perhaps a role model for our young Mr. Arnett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N7KZmfFs4w

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I have a funny feeling a lot of people are going to be getting ripped off over the next few (12?) months. buying weed is always risky in terms of what your getting. in most cases they hand you the weed, you hand them the money and you both go your separate ways. if you don't know who your dealing with or what your buying you could be in trouble with your purchase. it could be any kind of green (or brown?) leafy substance and you could be quickly out of 150 bucks (or more, or less). back in the day I knew a young lad who sold dime bags out of the projects. he kept two stashes, one for the people he knew (real weed) and another for the unknowns. the unknowns got little bags of parsley or whatever herb Herb stole from stop and shop that week. there's not much you'll be able to do once you realized you've been duped and your money is gone. find a friend who has a source and have them connect you, the dealers are becoming competitive and there is good stuff out there but there is also a lot of garbage. you have been warned.

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When I was a kid growing up, it was common knowledge that if you were looking to buy, do not ever buy from a stranger...because best case, you would be getting dried Oregano (supposedly is smells similar when burnt). Worst case, it would be laced with harder stuff in order to get you hooked on what was more expensive back then, though that part may have been the stuff of urban legend.

More recently, it was obvious that you don't buy from a stranger, because the stranger could be, and usually would be, undercover law enforcement. Those who traded exclusively in the "devil's lettuce" also would not sell to a stranger for the same reason: strangers could be undercover LE.

And yes, I indulged when I was younger, that's how I know this. I don't know if I will indulge later on, when it will be possible to get it at the corner convenience stores...I'm not much of an indulger in alcohol, and I don't smoke tobacco, but I am glad to see this particular item decriminalized.

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This read like a high school newspaper article about a kid trying to buy a fake ID. I've never seen such a naive, useless piece of writing in a major news publication. His editor comes up to him and says, "Hey, go see if you can buy some weed." Ridiculous. The Globe should be ashamed for running this article. No wonder Trump has gotten most of his Deplorables to vilify the press. Act your age, Globe.

Oh and if you buy an OZ, don't pay more than $320 to $400 and it had better be really good for that price. If you want a lesser quality in order to pay less, you're wasting your money.

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If marijuana is the Devil's Lettuce, what's Tobacco?

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Back in the 70's everyone thought valium was a wonderful prescription drug, and look what happened. Of course marijuana makes you feel better. It's a tranquilizer. Wake up, people!

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Are we experiencing a secret Valium epidemic that nobody told me about (because, well, it's secret)?

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Back in the 1920s everyone thought it was a great idea to ban alcohol, and look what happened.

Of course prohibition of the use of social and stress relieving drugs by grownups causes far more harm than controlled use and taxation. Wake up, people!

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The Devil's Kale.

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...was a calculated effort by the Reagan administration was meant to villify the black community associating them with crack cocaine; meanwhile the sentences for coke were far less harsh as it was mostly "for whites." It became convenient to lump all drugs together as scare tactics are the best campaign tool(just look at how NotMyPresident was recently elected. Nancy Reagan is a pos going along with these prejudiced policies and stalling the legalization of a very effective medicine, The Devils Kale. If you think what Im saying is bs, google it. So Dugan, get lost. This was the most embarrassing Boston related article Ive ever seen.

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If the Reagan Administration had been truly serious about promoting "Just Say No", they would have trotted out some of the hardcore straight-edge punks of the DC scene and their avoidance of drugs as a means of resisting social control.

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Wow, so many commenters totally missed the sly humor of the piece. Come on, folks, if you're going to light up, lighten up!

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