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riend and foe alike.11 However, this is not the case in sparsely settled areas. Numerous
cases exist of college students earning handsome profits by gathering wild marijuana
spotted from cruising cars.12 According to one account, the "major sources of marijuana
for Midwest students are the surrounding corn fields."13 (This is less likely to be true
today than in 1965.)
Although most of the marijuana consumed, both in terms of bulk and in terms of the
number of transactions, will not be homegrown or gathered wild—the majority of all
marijuana smoked still comes from Mexico—a sizable minority of it is, and these sources
should not be discounted in delineating the marijuana distribution system. (In addition, it
must be kept in mind that American-grown marijuana is considerably less potent than
Far more users planted their seeds (which many keep around for just such
contingencies) during the drought year of 1969 than any in recent years. In addition, a
great deal more hashish became available in 1969, possibly only part of a general trend
toward greater hashish use—which is on the rise much faster than the use of leaf
marijuana—or, possibly, partly as a response to this lack of availability of Mexican
marijuana. In any case, most of the time, most of the marijuana consumed in America
originates from Mexico.
A reasonable price for a ton of marijuana, purchased from a middleman in Mexico, is
between $10,000 and $20,000, which means that it costs about five or ten dollars per
pound, or less than fifty cents per ounce. A typical wholesale price in New York, buying
in a bulk lot of several kilograms, is about $120 per kilo, or about $3.50 per ounce.
(California prices are generally about half New York prices.) Most characteristically,
ounces are sold at the retail street price of twenty or twenty-five dollars.* If the smoker
wishes to purchase joints (individual marijuana cigarettes) already rolled, he pays between
fifty cents and a dollar apiece. Employing simple arithmetic, we find that the mark-up
from field to joint can be considerably higher than 100 times in price, that is, buying at
two joints per penny at the ton price, and selling at one dollar per joint at the joint price.
Thus, the enterprising dealer might see in marijuana sales a source of enormous profits.
This is, however, a naive inference. The novice might make the same mistake about the
workings of the marijuana market as do the police.
The joint price, a dollar per joint, is a ghostly abstraction. Few purchase individual
joints, pre-rolled. Almost every smoker beyond the level of rawest novice rolls his own.
(Except, I am told, in Vietnam, where large joints of excellent quality may be purchased
in emptied American cigarette packs.) Even when he buys the smallest bulk quantity, the
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