New York City has a widespread marijuana delivery system in which dozens of illegal companies will send people to your door with a range of bud choices.
The delivery system has been explored by multiple media outlets, most recently by the Huffington Post.
In the piece, a man named Adam describes his experience delivering weed on a bicycle throughout the city in 2007 and 2008.
He said he could make up to $250 a day, tax free, and enjoyed his job.
“It was my way of meeting people and getting out and seeing and learning everything I could about the city. I learned the streets of Brooklyn like the back of my hand,” he said. “I met people from all walks of life connected by their love of weed. I’d deliver to fancy buildings with doormen in the West Village and to artists living in brownstones. I got asked out on dates and invited to dinner parties by my customers — all kinds of stuff.”
As a delivery boy, Adam would stop at the customer’s house and pull out small bottles of 2.5 grams of bud, describing for the customer what kind of high each one would get them. These typically cost from $50 to $60.
Marijuana operations in the city are mostly ignored by police, who are usually focused on harder drugs and other crimes.
Only one major operation has been taken down since they started in the 1980s after then-mayor Rudolph Guiliani sparked a police effort to rid the streets of drug dealers. The operation, Cartoon Network, was derailed after an anonymous letter was sent to a police department in Long Island outlining how the operation worked. Two undercover police officers spent a year gathering evidence.
When they finally swooped in on arrest and search warrants, they seized $837,000 worth of dope and $685,000 in cash, as well as seven homes belonging to the head of the operation, 16 cars, a boat, and thousands of small vials packaged with bud, reported Forbes.