If you’ve smoked weed in your life (you have), you probably bought it from the marijuana black market. Even if you live in a place where pot is now legal, you definitely used to buy from a dealer.

Dealing with a dealer is not much different from dealing with anyone else. There are certain unspoken rules of etiquette that guide the transaction, and there are definitely some no-nos. The rules aren’t always obvious, though. So here are some of the dos and don’ts of working with your friendly neighborhood pot person.

DO: Pay on Time

It’s a bad idea, generally, to get into hock to a drug dealer of any kind, even an everyday weed provider. Always pay for your grass up front unless the circumstances prevent that – if you’re dealer’s going out of town, for example, and you agree to pay once they get back.

If your dealer does trust you enough to front you weed every now and then, be damned sure you don’t abuse the privilege. If you can’t cover the whole cost up front, get the money as soon as possible. And definitely don’t make a habit of buying dope on credit.

DON’T: Ask About Other Drugs

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Most cannabis dealers only sell pot, and most want to keep it that way. Asking about hard drugs puts your dealer in an impossible spot.

There are better ways to get cocaine or heroin or meth. And anyway, wouldn’t you rather just smoke more weed?

Your dealer may occasionally come across other drugs, such as shrooms or LSD. But if that’s ever the case, your dealer will let you know. Don’t bring it up yourself. Asking your dealer to score hard drugs for you is rude and dangerous for everyone involved.

DO: Be on Time

As a matter of self-protection, your dealer will often be late. This is especially true if you decide to buy in a public place – a parking lot, for example. It’s easy for cops to set up a sting in these places, so your dealer may want to scope out the scene first.

That doesn’t mean you should be late, though. If your dealer delivers, this isn’t a problem, but if you agree to meet, you should be punctual. It’s safer for you to sit around for a few extra minutes than it is for your dealer to wait for you while carrying cannabis.

DON’T: Ask Your Dealer to Toke

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Your dealer may be a very cool person, but you probably aren’t anything like friends. This is a business, and your dealer probably sells to a lot of customers. Your buy is a transaction, and you should treat it that way.

If your dealer wants to chum around, they’ll let you know. Maybe you can share a joint while you do the deal. But don’t ask your provider into your home for more than a few minutes. They have work to do.

DO: Toke Up for Your Dealer

Your dealer may ask you to smoke in front of her at your first meeting to prove you’re not a cop. You must be willing to do this, or you may not get your weed.

Many people, especially in the marijuana community, believe cops are allowed to use drugs while undercover. This simply isn’t true: Police can’t break the law to enforce the law. There are still narcs who use, but if caught they could lose their jobs.

That makes this the only effective way to ensure neither party is a cop.

DON’T: Give Out Your Dealer’s Phone Number

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This one could really get you in trouble. The last thing your dealer wants is to have her cell number passed around by a bunch of skeezy strangers.

If you know someone who needs a hookup, get the person’s details and give them to your dealer yourself. They’ll let your friend know if they want to do business.

Finding pot on the black market isn’t the easiest task in the world. You often have to know someone who knows someone, but no matter how you choose your dealer, guard the information carefully.

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