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There are some places where the weed finds you. In Portugal, where all substances have been decriminalized, it’s almost impossible to walk the streets as a tourist without being flagged down by the guy selling sunglasses in the square. In California, it’s as simple as a walk to the beach. Elsewhere it can just be a matter of following your nose. A quick walk to the local park or college campus and sooner or later you’ll find what you’re looking for and even make some friends in the process.
If you live in a state or country with legal cannabis, loose restrictions or a thriving canna-culture finding a place to buy weed can be easy. For the rest of us, putting yourself out there could offer more risk than reward. So we turn to the internet to fill our empty grinders.
It should be said that buying weed online is illegal in many places. If you’re looking for weed online, it’s also safe to assume that scammers are everywhere. The process will make you far more paranoid than the weed you find, but in this case being cautious is worth it. That being said, there are ways to find a decent supplier. It just takes caution and a bit of know how.
First, you’ll have to know what you’re looking for. This is going to take some work, but luckily that same internet we’re using to find our dealer can also be used to search for details on the strains we’re looking for and what we can expect to pay. Walking into any deal knowing what the product should look like and cost is the easiest way to avoid being scammed.
Historically, the dark web, particularly a place called Silk Road, was the best online market to browse for services like this. But as the FBI recently shut down that underground option, things have gotten a bit trickier. The dark web is certainly still an option (see Reddit’s /r/DarkNetMarkets), but it’s a far more complicated process now and probably not what you’re looking for if you just need a casual amount to get your through your out of town trip.
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In any case, it’s a good idea to cover your tracks. This can be done by using a lot of the same tools dealers themselves use. Tools like TOR browser or I2P will allow you to access sites which are hidden from search engines like Google and make it more difficult to track the websites you’ve visited.
Other tools to consider are apps like Burner which will give you a temporary phone number that can be disposed of after you’ve finished using it. This is a good way to maintain privacy and avoid having to use your personal phone number. It can also be used as an attachment on your internet browser so you don’t even have to use your phone.
Keep in mind that mailorder deals are generally a bad idea, especially if the product is crossing state lines. Even from one legal state to another, a shipment would be considered illegal because cannabis is still banned federally. If you have no other choice but to use the mail, third-party services like FedEx, UPS and DHL might sound like the go-to options. They’re actually the worst. These third-party private services are not protected by federal laws which prevent law enforcement from searching your mail without a warrant. In some cases, they may even co-operate with law enforcement to avoid the bad press they’ve received. That doesn’t mean using the regular postal service will guarantee a shipment. In fact, if the package is found you may even get a visit from law enforcement dressed as your mailman. Still, the regular old postal service is the courier of choice for most dealers and the massive amount of cannabis and other substances that are shipped at any given time make it incredibly difficult for the authorities to keep up.
In Canada, a number of websites offer to ship cannabis directly to your door and with excellent customer service. Because dispensaries are no longer required to check customers medical cannabis cards, this can be a very reliable source for online weed. Still, it’s best to do a little digging and make sure that the website your buying from is a registered dispensary. Of course, it won’t be too long before Canadians can find it everywhere.
In the US, however, resources like Weedmaps only really work in places where dispensaries are available and the product is legal to some extent. Others have to turn to Craigslist and that can get shady real quick – even if you’re not looking for drugs.
Simply typing 420 in the search bar will return hundreds of options, but how can you tell who is legit? The trick is to pay attention to the details. Never jump right into a deal, give out your personal information or send your cash first. Most craigslist options offer delivery, but you might want to be careful inviting someone to your hotel room as well. If it feels shady, don’t go through with it.
When it comes to social media, always assume that someone promising quality product and quick delivery is scamming. Be aware of trends like scams currently making the rounds on Instagram and Tinder. These ‘dealers’ will show you photos of flower and sweet talk their way into cash first or half pay arrangements and the apps will allow them to block you shortly after the cash goes through.
Like Reddit user HuluandChill suggests, its all about intuition, “Just send a text to the dealer and feel him/her out and make your decision from there.”
More importantly, if you do find someone who is legit, remember not to be a sketchball and send harassing or blunt messages like, “yo dude you got that weed?!?” Be a normal human being, have a conversation.
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With that in mind, don’t search for weed, look for people. Search for cannabis-related events in your area, or somewhere its likely to be found. /r/trees is always a great place to connect with the community at large. Then there are other communities and events set up on Facebook. Events that don’t necessarily advertise ‘buy your weed online’, but who knows maybe the Dirty Heads or Slightly Stoopid or Run the Jewels are in town?
For connecting to the community, there are apps that can also help and are the next best thing to ordering from every pizza place in town and asking the delivery guys. Apps like LeafedIn which essentially offers cannabis networking and an all-important blacklist for scammers.
They ask for minimal personal information to sign up and connect you directly to your local cannabis community. The relatively new website has a substantial number of users if you’re near any major cities. It offers direct connections to dealers, but again, the direct approach is likely not your best bet.
If all else fails, be social. Go to a concert and make some friends, they’ll smoke you up.