3 Foolproof Tricks For Smoking Weed In Public Without Getting In Trouble
The War on Drugs, which has killed countless individuals and thrown millions more into jail, is coming to a close.
One by one, states understand marijuana is not some nasty drug but can actually help many people relieve stress and pain — but that still does not mean people will be allowed to smoke wherever they want.
In Colorado, smoking weed in public is still banned, as well as possessing more than 1В ounce of THC. In pretty much every state, smoking marijuana in public will lead to a fine. And while a fine is better than going to jail, losing $500 still sucks.
But that does not mean you need to be a good, little citizen and squirrel your pot away. As long as you are careful, there are ways to smoke in public. Here are some hints for smoking in public without running into some overbearing cop.
1. Remember Steinborn’s rule.
A few years ago, Washington defense lawyer Jeffrey Steinborn came up with this one simple rule for a pot smoker:
Only break one law at a time.
At the end of the day, you are committing a violation by smoking pot, and you just have to accept that. You don’t want to make things worse by piling other violations on top of it.
Furthermore, it is often those other violations which attract a cop’s attention. How many scenarios have you heard in which a cop pulls over a car for speeding or broken taillights, only to smell pot and rip the vehicle apart in the search for drugs? That happened all the time before decriminalization and will still happen afterward.
In fact, I would flat-out recommend you not transport pot in your car if you can help it, given it is the easiest place for a cop to stop you; it is much easier for a cop to search your car without a warrant than your home.
If you do decide to transport weed, at least put it in the trunk. Don’t put it in the glove compartment or just throw a bag into the back seat.
Even in places weed is decriminalized, it is still sensitive material. Don’t give cops an easy chance to find it and ruin your day.
2. Don’t look like a pothead.
We all know the stereotypical pot smoker. Heck, you may have met someone just like that (I know I have.) But that stereotype is dangerous for marijuana and marijuana smokers.
As long as the general public perceives pot as this useless drug taken by lazy stoners and bums, efforts to make pot socially acceptable will remain difficult.
Of course, no matter what you look like, there’s no point being blatant about it. Invest in a quality vaporizer and you’ll eliminate that telltale smell altogether.
Those familiar with portable vapes know it’s really difficult finding one that is efficient with dry herb and works as well as a desktop vape. But, there are an increasing amount of options on the market.
Lastly, remember, how you carry yourself in public, in large part, comes down to your nonverbal communication, such as what you wear and how you look.
3. Accept when you’ve been caught, but know your rights.
Sometimes, you are just unlucky. Maybe the wind blew in the wrong direction and a cop picked up a whiff of marijuana. Maybe some cop had to meet his ticket quota and stopped you even when you did nothing wrong. If you are going to smoke marijuana in public, you have to accept you may get caught.
So, be sure to know the exact marijuana laws in your area. In Colorado, there are way too many people who hear, вЂњPot is legalized,вЂќ and assume they can smoke whenever they want and however much they want. That is not true, and you need to know the laws so you can get out of trouble.
If you do get stopped, be polite and comply with any direct orders a cop gives you, even if you have reason to believe the order is illegal. There is a good chance you can get any illegal order thrown out in court.
Finally, never give up evidence on your own volition. If you have reason to believe you could be in more legal trouble than a mere fine, then shut your mouth and don’t speak until you get an attorney.
The War on Drugs, which has killed countless individuals and thrown millions more into jail, is coming to a close. One by one, states understand marijuana is not some nasty drug but can actually help many people relieve stress and pain — but thatвЂ¦
How to smoke pot without getting caught
Growing up, my mother was (and still is) a big stoner, so I’ve never been concerned with getting caught green-handed at home. However, throughout the years I’ve exercised discretion while getting high in hotels and dorms, at the Waffle House, during concerts, in the middle of the disco, at the company holiday party, in the basement of my friend’s house paranoid on acid, in the stairwell of a music studio in midtown Manhattan, in the hot tub of the Ritz-Carlton at 2 a.m. before being escorted out by security…I could go on for days. Needless to say, learning to be a stealthy stoner is a bright idea. Pay attention while I dish you some tips.
Anticipate Your Needs
When toking on the down low, you want easy access to everything you could possibly need. I recommend putting together a stash bag, like one from the AnnaBís collection, full of essentials: breath mints, gum, eye drops, fragrance oil, miniature air freshener, moist toilettes, lighter, matches, poker or paper clip, pipe cleaners, one-hitter, cannabis, etc.
Choose a Method
Whatever you do, don’t smoke a blunt or a joint because the smoke is uncontrollable and you will get busted. Instead, use a bowl with a lid like the Proto Pipe or a one-hitter. Or skip combustion all together and vaporize your cannabis. CO2 vape oil pens and portable dry leaf vaporizers like the PAX 2 are super discreet, extremely convenient and easy to hide. Plus, the vapors emitted are much tamer and the odor is subtle. Just be sure to keep your bud in an air-tight jar. It’ll give off more aroma than your plumes of vapor.
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Banish the Smell
The sweet and pungent aroma of cheeba is easily recognizable. You’ll want to mask or eliminate the odor the best you can. First, close all vents and block the draft under your door. You can use a towel for the door, but I prefer a draft stopper because it looks less sketchy. Consider investing in an air purifier. They’re spendy, but well worth the investment. Scented candles, incense, and air sanitizers are helpful, too. In college, I perfected the art of smoking through a spoof and never got caught. Make your own by taking an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and taping a folded drier sheet on one end. Simply, exhale into the open end for fresh-laundry-scented smoke. Or, you can buy one of these handy personal smoke filters: Smoke Buddy, Sploofy or Snubbz. Also, next time you’re in a head shop, look for a tiny spoof disguised as chapstick. It makes a handy addition to your stash bag.
Eliminate the Smoke
Open a window and place a box fan facing outside in the sill. Turn it on high. After you take a hit, cover the top of your bowl or one hitter. Then, exhale slowly into the back of the fan. If you have another fan in the room, allow it to oscillate.
Hide the Noise
You may cough or get a case of the giggles. Not to mention, the click of your lighter may tip someone off. Do yourself a favor and play some background music. Electric fans will help create ambient noise as well. You could turn on the TV, but it’s generally a buzzkill. If you’re in the bathroom, run the shower or faucet. Keep a pillow or hoodie close by to muffle uncontrollable fits of laughter and the like.
Survey the Scene
Is the smoke alarm disarmed? Are the doors locked? Are the vents closed? Is the window open? Is the draft under the door blocked? Is the air purifier turned on? Is music playing? Is your 420-fearing roommate around? Are your parents home? Are your kids home? Where’s your stash bag? Before your judgement gets a little hazy, take note of your surroundings, make sure you have everything you need, and take any last minute precautions to avoid unexpected encounters.
Devise an Emergency Backup Plan
Accidents happen. Maybe, after a few drinks, you think it’s a good idea to hot box the apartment. Perhaps, you’re smoking up with inexperienced tokers and someone knocks over the bong, allowing the stench and smoke to escape. You may forget to towel the door. One of your friends may start squealing like a pig. Stay cool, spray air sanitizer, open a window, hide your stash, and take a walk. What happens if a neurotic roommate or asshole neighbor stops by to complain? Apologize and send them on their way. What happens if the police come knocking at your door? Stay cool and know your 4th Amendment rights.
Stealthy Stoner Bonus Tips:
- Smoke up in the bathroom. It’s the one place you can get away with spending extended periods of time without someone barging in.
- Cover your fire alarm with a plastic shower cap to keep it from going off while you’re blazing.
- Keep an empty beer bottle around. If someone calls you out for acting silly, blame it on the malty beverage.
- Explore the discrete world of medicated edibles, tinctures, and patches. No smell, no smoke, no problems.
How to get lit without getting caught.