Would a dealer really sell you laced marijuana?
Sometimes I find it interesting that drug dealers are portrayed as some sort of evil-charity… seemingly existing only to try to kill or harm as many people as possible. Let’s think about this all this laced cannabis reasonably.
Realistically, people deal drugs to make money. Just like so many other businesses, it is in their best interest to make as much profit as possible with the finite amount of product they have. Above all else, they require good relationships with their customers to increase their business (be it by word of mouth, or simply return customers).
So, logically, why would a drug dealer secretly “lace” their product with something such as crack cocaine? If there is a demand for marijuana (which there obviously is), there is no need to put other substances into the marijuana which:
- Cost more money than the product itself
- Has the potential to anger your customers who are looking to purchase an unlaced product; thus, potentially causing lost sales.
The cost of lacing your cannabis with cocaine or crack
According to a June 28th, 2007 publication of the Economist (source), a gram of cocaine in the United states costs about $110. And while “crack” is indeed not exactly the same as “cocaine”, according to a 1998 publication from the White House Drug Policy website (source), a gram of crack cocaine is upwards of $70 to $100 depending on the area.
Current cost for one gram of cannabis
According to a 1994 report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the United States, a gram of marijuana, on average, costs only about $10.16. More recent reports from marijuana smokers themselves puts prices in the United States anywhere from $10 a gram to $20, depending on where you live (source).
Government view on laced cannabis
Below I talk about the statements released from our trusted government and pro-prohibition researchers on the risks of laced cannabis. Much of the war on marijuana is filled with government propaganda, in fact, it is well known the government put out misleading advertisement to discourage marijuana use as past of the ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.
National Institute on Drugs Abuse on laced cannabis
Most users roll loose marijuana into a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or smoke it in a pipe. One well-known type of water pipe is the bong. Some users mix marijuana into foods or use it to brew a tea. Another method is to slice open a cigar and replace the tobacco with marijuana, making what’s called a blunt. When the blunt is smoked with a 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor, it is called a “B-40.” Lately, marijuana cigarettes or blunts often include crack cocaine, a combination known by various street names, such as “primos” or “woolies.” Joints and blunts often are dipped in PCP and are called “happy sticks,” “wicky sticks,” “love boat,” or “tical.” – National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Even in a student’s essay, attempts to make any similar claims would require the addition of a source. So, where are the facts to support these statements? From the people I know that smoke cannabis, they do so with vaporizers; a method not listed here.
The statement I find truly sad is the claim that, “marijuana cigarettes or blunts often include crack cocaine”. That is a powerful statement that hooks two very different substances together. Since the NIH is unwilling to show me the facts, I can only provide research that counters their claims.
Center for Substance Abuse Research on laced cannabis
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland:
“Though reports of laced marijuana are infrequent, and most lacing of marijuana is done at user-level, it is important to remember that with unregulated drugs such as marijuana, the user has no way of knowing what other types of substances have been added.” – CESAR UMD.
While this, again, does not cite any research to where it got its numbers to make a claim towards the frequency of laced-marijuana cases, it does, however make the point that the reason there is any risk of lacing is due to the drug being unregulated (illegal). Regulation has proven itself as a major contributor to the increased quality, as well as safety, of many products throughout history.
Is my cannabis laced with fentanyl?
“There are some marijuana dealers that will tell their clients that I have no doubt there is fentanyl in it and some of the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high. The bottom line is, anyone, anywhere could mix fentanyl and marijuana and there’s no way of knowing it until it’s too late.” – Tennessee District Attorney Matthew Stowe.
Once again, we have a government official stating that marijuana is being laced with Fentanyl, with no facts or data to back up his claims.
The best line from this quote is ‘the more addictive folks, especially folks that also use other drugs, will get that marijuana laced with fentanyl in hopes of getting a better high.” Not only is this inaccurate it is completely offensive to all smokers. Stowe has correlated a stoner to a heroin addict, something that you really cannot compare.
So is there laced cannabis being sold on the streets?
Does marijuana sometimes get laced with other substances such as crack cocaine or fentanyl? Of course. Like any unregulated substance, many things can happen. The reality is, however, that most drug dealers are just salesmen looking to trade their products for your cash.
The study by the NIH also makes it seem more like a game of Russian roulette when purchasing marijuana. Perhaps to a new user with no one to help them find a provider, there are increased risks, however–like with any products–when a customer finds a provider of a product he or she likes, they will continue to go back to them rather than risk going to another dealer.
There are no “linkable” facts to this piece besides the sources provided. My opinions stated in this post have developed due to my own relationships with people whom use cannabis, as well as from reading forums and other blogs of cannabis users.