Medical Marijuana is Coming - On Cape Cod, Pot Pushers are Going!
The smell of marijuana is 'legally' in the air in more and more places. Colorado and Washington State have voted to legalize the recreational use of pot, and at least 16 states, including Massachusetts, have sanctioned the medicinal use of cannabis.
Living in Cape Cod, I am within a few minutes of a number of liberal enclaves where Marijuana has been nearly ignored by the authorities for the better part of a decade.
While there are no ‘pot stores’ on the main streets, there are dealers on virtually every corner.
Under a promise of anonymity, I spoke with one in Hyannis, the unofficial capital of the Cape.
ME - How do you feel about Massachusetts voting in favor of legalizing pot for medical uses?
DEALER - The law doesn’t go into effect for a few months. I think that I will still have plenty of customers.
ME - I understand that people with a wide variety of illnesses and conditions are going to be able to get legal pot. Why do you think it will not hurt your business?
DEALER - I have a lot of old people for customers. Old hippies and old ladies. Some of them don’t even want to leave the house. I deliver.
ME - Many of those old people have illnesses which will allow them to get the medical marijuana and I hear it’s going to be cheaper.
DEALER - I charge $50 for a quarter and for regular customers I go even lower.
ME - How much is a ‘quarter’?
DEALER - Seven Grams. One Quarter ounce.
ME - How many joints can you get from a quarter?
DEALER - Depends how big you want ‘em. One big one for Cheech and Chong (he laughs heartily at his joke) or maybe ten or 12 for the old ladies.
ME - So you charge $50 for a quarter, but I have heard that the price of medical marijuana could be as low as $15 for the same amount.
DEALER - You’re Bleeping me.
ME - I’m not.
DEALER - Bleep. BLEEP!!! BLEEPIN’ BLEEP!!!!!!!!
ME - Can you compete with those prices?
DEALER - BLEEP NO!!! What the Bleep!
ME - Seriously, what are you going to do?
DEALER - I was afraid of something like this. I’m bleeped off but I do have a plan. I am going down South. I am heading for __________________.
(I left out the name of the City and State as part of my agreement with the dealer)
They still have strict pot laws there. You can get 20 years there for possession of 10 pounds.
ME - How much do you have right now?
DEALER - I just got my supply, I have 10 pounds. Right now that’s worth eight grand to me. By January it would be worth only about three. I can’t live on that. I am outta here.
With that final comment the dealer wandered off towards the waterfront and the dock for the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. He said he had a few customers there who would buy a pound or more. Enough money to finance his trip South.
So as of November 2012, it appears that the Medical Marijuana law is doing what law enforcement has never been able to: get the pot dealers out of Cape Cod!