“Big-time guys are out in California and have connects to multiple farms,” he insists. “They fly out here, arrange things, fly back and make sure everything is packaged correctly. They do that twice a year and make a million each time and are chilling in California the rest of the time.”
I guess that makes sense. After all, there are huge companies like Anheuser Busch InBev that swallowed up many other businesses on the way to becoming global conglomerates. Just in 2015, ABIV bought the largest independent operation in California, Heineken bought 50 percent of Lagunitas, and MillerCoors purchased most of Saint Archer Brewing. It stands to reason that the economics of the weed industry will eventually resemble those of the beer market.
Illustration by Wren McDonald
In Miller’s vision of the future, selling marijuana won’t be any different than selling DVDs or paper. Presumably that’ll be nice for him and others who have gotten in on the ground floor.
This article originally appeared on VICE US
Darren’s been dealing for three years now, and he’s moving a pound or two every week and a half. The guy above him, he says, is moving anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds a week, but still doesn’t consider himself a kingpin, or even big-time.
Much like the illegal weed industry, the legal one seems to run on Monopoly money.
“So like I was getting shit like Blue Dream, Cookie Monster, Girl Scout Cookies, Platinum Kush, Blackberry Kush, White Nightmare,” Darren says. “I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ And he was willing to put it on the arm, which means on credit.”
On paper, Brian makes next to nothing, about $15,000 a year. He has an LLC officially set up in Delaware, where taxes are lower, and now employs an uncurious accountant and a handful of deliverymen to do the schlepping he’s grown tired of doing himself.
When I was growing up, drug dealers always seemed to have cushy jobs that were a license to print money. But what are the actual economics behind the legal and illegal sides of the marijuana industry?
Coming soon… the secrets and the formation of it and all it’s games.
Out of all the rules and bullshit you have to follow when your a dealer, you should remember one thing above all.
- Have an incessant fear of prison and cops
- Believe it’s better to “just be honest.”
- Have never done time before or never dealt with police before
- Or have done time and snitched out on their buddies.
- May believe they are the most important in the group (arrogant)
Small budget potheads
Don’t get caught.
Who gives you money? How do you profit from drugs? Well, you sell to people. Not sheep, horses or farm animals but people. A drug deal is a transaction, just like any other transaction where you buy a snickers or a pack of cigarettes, it’s an exchange. And the easier, smoother and faster that exchange happens, with less hassle, the better it is for all parties. Therefore, it’s important to remember, that as a drug dealer you’re competing with others dealers in terms of discretion, secrecy and speed and ease of the deal, keep that in mind.
Let’s look at another example. If you look at Alabama; you’ll see that you can yet the same sentence for having one gram as having up to a 2.2 pounds of marijuana. In this case, selling bulk would mean selling one to two pounds of pot. Don’t bother with little shit (like dime bags and eights). Now if you notice in Alabama, there are further penalties for selling to a minor or selling anywhere near a school or housing project. Therefore, you must choose a location to sell which is at least three miles away from any school or housing project. This may seem like a bitch to do, but 5 years of prison additional to whatever else your charged with, is no joke. Furthermore, don’t sell to any minors. The possibility of a life sentence just doesn’t make it worth it. Besides, most minors won’t be able to afford to buy a pound in marijuana.
Potential Yearly Income: $80,000 to $250,000
Only when they’re driving back from the deal can they actually get busted. College Kids, preppy kids, rich kids, nerds, basement dwellers and losers are far better than wanna-be wiggers, nigguhs, thugs, spics and gangsters. Every day. If someone is associating themselves with heroin or meth or harder drugs, they also deal with a tougher crowd and they bring risk into your world. The best way to start selling is to work at an upscale restaurant, or catering company or a warehouse or some shit. The people you’ll deal with for the most part, are honest as long as you are honest, and you can slowly bring up the topic of weed, give them a sampler and your burner number and bam, you just made a customer.
Make money and don't get caught!