I'd say that generally speaking, whatever place where you have the most control over the environment is the best place
to make your deals. For most of us, this is in our own homes. Unfortunately there might be family or roommate considerations,
or if you have guns in your home or are within 1,000 feet of a school, or insist on making numerous deals in short spans of
time, it might be in your best interest to make deliveries instead of having people come to your home. Good dealers eventually
find a healthy balance between the two, but as a beginner, it's best to stick with what makes you comfortable.
Delivering by automobile can be fairly safe as long as you always drive reasonably, and your car is up to code. Make sure
to check your taillights, brake lights, head lights, and license plate light (I'm serious about this last one. I've been pulled
over for a burned out license plate light.) Make sure to wear your seatbelt and that your passengers are wearing theirs. Don't
go more than 4 miles over the speed limit, but don't look suspicious by going less than 7 miles under. Remember to use your
turn signal, even when it's totally unnecessary. Keep your music volume and bass at a reasonable level.
Also. I sometimes see young people driving with just their left hand on the wheel, as they lean their body into the center
of the car, resting their right arm on the seat. I think this is supposed to look cool, or something. maybe I'm just getting
old and snobby, but I think this looks ridiculous, besides being something to attract the attention of the police.
Basically what I'm saying is don't give the police any way to legally pull you over, and don't attract attention to yourself.
The appearance of your car is also very important. Reasonable, average-looking cars are usually best. Expensive cars attract
attention, as do crappy cars. Avoid offensive bumper stickers, or anything about your vehicle that would give people a bad
first-impression about you.
And for tinted windows. I still haven't decided about how I feel about tinted windows. For myself, I've never made a deal
inside my automobile and I won't smoke pot while driving, so I would never want tinted windows. Police and border agents definitely
single out people with tinted windows, and the general public is more suspicious of tinted windows, but if it's necessary
for you to take the extra risk of smoking in your car or making deals inside your car, tinted windows might not be a bad idea.
But I'm sure most of you aren't going to go out and buy a car for the purpose of dealing, but if you become a steady dealer
and buy a car in the future, these are things to keep in mind.
When carrying weed in a car, the trunk is always best, as long as the cop doesn't watch you putting a small item in your
trunk when you have more than enough room in the cab. Cops can't search a trunk nearly as easily as they can search the rest
of your car, and if you stuff your weed under a pile of sweaty and nasty hockey uniforms, or something else that's kind-of
gross but not appalling, a cop is going to feel less inclined to dig through it to look.
As for smoking in your car, I generally don't recommend it. It doesn't take long to pull over and find a secluded spot,
and it's a lot safer. I personally would never smoke pot while driving, simply because I'm not a good enough driver to be
able to do it without swerving. However, I do, occasionally smoke inside my car after I'm parked.
Just keep in mind that if you get pulled over, or a cop wanders near you while you're parked, just the smell of burnt pot
can be probable cause to search you and your car. If you demonstrate that you know your rights, however, cops will usually
want another piece of evidence before they search you against your will.
And remember, if you are ever pulled over, NEVER CONSENT TO A SEARCH, even if they swear they can and will get a search
warrant. Just don't be an asshole about it. But this topic is covered more in-depth in the Dealing with Cop's chapter.
Another thing to consider when deciding to deal using your automobile is that if the police can show that you used it to
sell illegal drugs, they can seize it. Sometimes they don't even need hard evidence. This certainly does not mean that they
always do. Unfortunately I have no statistics on what percentage of dealers have their cars seized. The same risk applies
to owning your own home, but my guess is that seizing someone's home is something the police aren't likely to do without significant
motive, as something like that could cause attention to be drawn to the atrocities of the drug war.