Gabriel – bringer of the high
Gabriel was from Trinidad and happy to answer all my questions.
Do you do it to feel like a rebel or an outlaw? Not at all, it is just a job.
They carry a pharmacy of cannabis products on their bike and in their backpack: oils, cookies, bud, candies. They have a myriad of different varieties of marijuana and they describe each to Tankstra, my new New York City host.
I continue to ask questions.
Is it a regular job? Yes, 3 days a week, 6 hours a shift.
Do they trust the people that he works with? “I don’t trust my own shadow, but i have had a few tricky jobs and i am confident i can handle this one. “
Do they believe in the product? Absolutely. As an artist and a musician the high from marijuana has been influential in crafting my art.
Tankstra asks Gabriel if they will smoke with them. Gabriel obliges and i continue my interrogation.
How did they get into this business? My sister got me the job. Who it turns out is friends with Tanksta as well.
And the conversation veered to how wonderful the sister was and how both Gabriel and Tankstra were deeply appreciative of the sister.
Have they ever had a problematic client? Someone tried to pass me what was likely a counterfeit $50 dollar bill at one point.
Any altercations with the police? None.
How long have they been doing the job? A year and a half.
Tankstra and Gabriel smoke quietly for a few moments.
Gabriel gets up to leave and i ask a final question. Do many of your clients offer to smoke with you?
This is the first time.
[This story is from 2016]