Fraser Horton
Fraser Horton
Last Updated on January 21, 2021

Back in the olden days, before legal dispensaries started popping up, finding weed was stressful. It was a process of finding a reliable pot dealer (a plug) who could get you some quality weed or kush with a good THC amount. It took some effort to find people who had hookups and keep a low profile in the process. Weed wasn’t that easy to obtain, but thankfully, in 2020, things are different.

The legalization and decriminalization of weed in the United States has changed the game immensely. California, Oregon, and Colorado are some of the states where it’s legal to buy cannabis if you’re of legal age. In New York, on the other hand, it’s prohibited for recreational use, but some medical cannabis users can get it.

These days, not only is marijuana much easier to find, but the whole industry itself is booming and expanding. Marijuana enthusiasts can find all sorts of CBD and THC products for recreational use and medical patients can obtain them with their medical marijuana card. Generally, a lot of people seem to be informed about its benefits.

Things seem to have changed a lot, but if you live in a state or a country where weed isn’t legal yet and you can’t go to a dispensary, finding a dealer may be challenging. So, let’s go over the ways you can find a plug (a source to get marijuana) so you can continue enjoying cannabis until you’re able to obtain it from a dispensary.

The Modern Times – How to Find a Weed Dealer Online

Everything is online these days. Social media, Reddit, weed apps, you name it. So you may not be entirely surprised to learn that you can find a dealer online. This is not that complicated as long as you know what to do.

Simply said, you’ll need to connect with the cannabis community. This doesn’t mean that you should go and make it clear that you need someone to buy weed from, but just communicate with the community and you’ll soon see a window of opportunity opening. Join a Reddit forum or download LeafedOut, a social media type of app that connects weed users.

Lately, the Instagram hashtags #420 and #weedin[name of country/city] have become popular, so you can also try that. The point is to make connections with like-minded people and slowly start building a network of contacts. You’ll soon probably be able to find a reliable weed supplier this way.

You can also try Craigslist, but even though the search bar will give you hundreds of results, this option is not the safest and you need to be very careful of scams and getting in trouble with law enforcement. So, if you really need to go that route, be very careful and never give out your personal information.

Or Do It the Old School Way – How to Find a Weed Dealer Offline

You might think that finding a plug the old school way is not relevant anymore, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Everyone knows someone who knows someone. You must have that friend or acquaintance who’s the most resourceful person you know. They’re usually the ones who, for some reason, know all sorts of information, and for the oddest and seemingly irrelevant things. So, if you need a plug, ask them.

What you can also do is ask the friends you’ve previously shared a bong with, they would probably know where to redirect you or will offer to connect you. Though, it’s better to order through them first before you gain some trust and save the dealer’s phone number for future use.

If You’re in a New Place Where You Don’t Know Anyone

If you’ve just moved and don’t know anyone, it’s time to get social. Over a few weeks, you will have probably met some people who you can ask for some info. If you’ve talked to them and found out they’re not open to weed, you can try going to a 420 event, which is the most obvious thing you can do.

Alternatively, you can visit some typical locations where weed smokers can be found, like parks or clubs. Your best bet would be to get a feel of the nightlife scene to increase your chances of meeting new people who might give you some directions.

If You’re Travelling Abroad

Finding weed when you’re traveling abroad can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know any locals. Say you went somewhere with friends on a fun trip for a week or two and you want to smoke a joint and relax a little, but have no idea where to get it. Sounds familiar?

A lot of us have been there, and, while admittedly it’s uncomfortable to spend the day in an unknown place looking for weed, looking at the right place can save you some time. Again, it’s all about connections.

Wherever you are, there must be some event, like a concert or a festival you can attend, and you can definitely find someone there who knows a friend who knows a friend, you know? Popular tourist locations are also swarming with people, so spotting someone who sells weed shouldn’t be too hard.

If you’re somewhere where weed is decriminalized, like the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, or Spain, it’s even easier as street drug dealers can be found at every corner. Just approach them casually but try to be discreet.

Some Extra Tips for When You’re Buying Cannabis

Finding a trustworthy plug is not so easy sometimes, especially in states where they don’t sell cannabis products in legal dispensaries, so you always need to have a trick or two up your sleeve. You can never know too much when it comes to obtaining weed from a good source, but it’s totally worth it. These extra tips can help you prepare beforehand.

Beware of Online Scammers

As we said earlier, beware of online scammers. Be always very cautious of any sign that something might be fishy about this deal or this person. Online platforms are swarming with weed scammers, so even if you’re in a rush, double-check everything or don’t close the deal and look for another option. That said, if they’re insisting you pay beforehand or have a problem meeting you in a public place, then it’s most likely a scam, so you should call it off.

Buying in Bulk Is Actually Smarter

Think about it, isn’t it better and safer if you didn’t have to call your dealer every couple of weeks? Instead, you could just save up some money and meet up with them once a month, for example. By now, you must know, at least roughly, how much weed you use on a weekly or monthly basis, so it’s more convenient for both if you meet up less frequently.

Don’t Be too Fussy

If you’re somewhere where weed isn’t legal yet, your dealer may not always have the widest selection of flowers at all times. Sometimes they may just have only one strain to offer and that’s okay. It’s not worth cutting off a perfectly fine and reliable business relationship just because a couple of times you couldn’t smoke the strain you had in mind.

Don’t Be Shy With Eyeing the Weed

If you’ve just started to buy from a new dealer, don’t be shy with eyeing the weed they’re selling to you and check out the nugs, see what you’re getting. You don’t want to pay them and then have to smoke schwag weed or find you got less than what you paid for. This doesn’t have to be the rule, but it can happen, so it’s always better to double-check.

Be Nice

Oftentimes dealers are just regular people whose main source of income happens to be selling weed. Many of them will appreciate it if you’re nice and respectful, meaning you don’t call them at 2 AM on a whim because they’ll probably be sleeping, just like most people. You don’t have to make friends with them as many would prefer to keep the relationship professional even if you do smoke weed with them sometimes.

Final Thoughts on Finding a Plug

It’s completely normal to be nervous about finding a reliable pot dealer on your own, especially if you’ve just moved to another city and don’t know anyone, or if weed is still illegal where you live.

Fortunately, there are a lot more ways to find a plug these days compared to the past. Overall, making connections is the most important element, whether on the internet through online weed communities or offline by being open to meeting people.

One tip, though, is to always be casual in your approach, and when it comes to online transactions, always be careful with your personal information.


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