There are lots of different reasons people choose to start selling marijuana. To save money on smoke or to make a little
side cash, obviously, are the main ones. But there are many more. For a few wonderful people, just the joy of providing their
friends with access to marijuana is reward enough, or the knowledge that they're helping to fight government tyranny. The
feeling of rebellion can be tremendously rewarding. Another major reason to start is simply to become more popular and bring
a little excitement into your life.
Also, the skills you learn in a year or two of drug dealing can benefit the rest of your life. Drug dealers can become
good judges of character, and learning what types of people you can trust is crucial in many areas of life. The social skills
you learn are very helpful, as is the ability to apply mathematical concepts to your life, and the money management skills.
Self-control, and the ability to say no and be firm, are also both important skills a good drug dealer learns over time. Drug
dealing also teaches and promotes something psychologists call post-conventional moral reasoning, which is a person's ability
to look beyond government's laws and social prejudices in order to understand the true difference between right and wrong-which
in my opinion is absolutely vital to maintaining a rewarding life. And perhaps, most importantly, risk assessment abilities-the
skill a good dealer learns to break choices down and assess them based on actual risks and possibilities instead of emotions
Before you ever make your first deal, however, you must ask yourself one question: If by some freak circumstances you were
to get arrested for selling pot, would you have the courage to bite the bullet and go to jail and refuse to work with the
Too many people don't bother to ask this question before they get in over their heads, and don't understand that police
will stop at nothing to get them to turn in their friends. They will believe all the lies the police feed them and wind up
making their own situation significantly worse.
If you have any question about your moral stamina, you should think long and hard about your decision to start selling.
My goal, however, is not to scare you out of starting in the business. It's actually fairly easy to avoid being busted
if you follow most of my suggestions, and even if you are busted, as long as you remember not to speak until you have a lawyer,
it's usually very easy to weasel out of a conviction or get away with a slap on the wrist. Most of the weapons the government
uses against drug dealers are just scare tactics.
But there's other things to consider before you start dealing: your individual safety level, first and foremost. Do you
have parents who are ready to call the cops to try to teach you a lesson, or a nosy next-door neighbor? Are you already a
target for police? Do you have a problem of running red lights? Do you like to wear ripped Pantera shirts with a jean jacket
and spikes, or do you wear slacks and a shirt with an alligator on it? One type of person attracts cops quicker than the other.
Another major consideration is your family situation. There are certainly countless teenagers that sell pot and hide it
from their parents. I don't approve of hiding or lying, but sometimes people can be very closed minded and there is no other
option. I imagine there are people who deal but hide it from their spouses. This is a very bad idea. You probably wouldn't
be able to hide it from a boyfriend/girlfriend or anyone you live with, and would wind up causing problems in the relationship.
Vengeful exes are also a very common way that people get busted.
And you must ask yourself about the consequences of someone finding out who doesn't approve. Would you cause per to stop
and think and to open per mind or would you cause per to yell, scream and panic or call an intervention?
Ask yourself if you have a safe place to make the deals. You must ask yourself if you wish to sell from your home, make
deliveries, or both. For small time dealers, selling from your home is often best, because you have control over the environment
and the police usually need a warrant to do anything to you in your home. This is a problem, however, if your customers don't
wish to wait for the required half hour in your home, or if you have so many of them as to attract your neighbor's attention.
A second choice is your own car. It's more convenient, but not as secure. Cops can pull you over and search you with very
little evidence. Dealing becomes more dangerous when you're forced to rely on other people to provide the deal locations.
I don't recommend this line of work if you're going to need to make lots of deals in parking lots or other-people's cars.
Do you have prior convictions that would add time to your sentence if you happened to get busted?
Do you have a desire to go into any field where a drug conviction would destroy your career? Would you lose your current
job if convicted for dealing?
The final thing to consider in your decision to start selling illegal drugs is your own personality. Do you have the self-discipline
to avoid smoking your profit? Do you have the skills to read people and decide if they're trustworthy, and do you have the
courage to refuse service, even when they're waving money in your face? Do you know how to listen to your gut? Do you have
basic math skills and the ability to keep track of your money?
But most importantly, you must ask yourself if you have the required connections. You can't go out and turn over an ounce
if you don't have any reliable way of buying an ounce. Since it can be risky to aggressively seek suppliers, it's best not
to think about selling pot yourself until you have someone you can trust that you know can hook you up with the quantity you
So just take a few minutes to think about these questions before making any decisions.
Obviously your situation can never be ideal. I've seen a lot of people get into the business without a clue about what
they were doing and not see any serious consequences. Your decision to start selling pot all depends on the amount of risk
you're willing to take as compared to the money or other benefits. Some of us like to feel safe and secure and the thought
of a night in jail and 100 hours of community service is one step up from hell, while others need risks in order to feel alive.
Assess your personal risk level, read the rest of this book, and take a long look at the decision from a logical standpoint.