April 19, 2017
New York “media folks” are having a hard time scoring weed since GQ profiled their dealers
by Ryan Harrington
It’s a big week for weed in the media. The biggest. Everybody’s got their 4/20-friendly pieces dropping. Or they’re getting that evergreen (ever-green, you see) content back up on social. So the news that New York media types are having a tough time getting their hands on some of that sweet leaf could not be more perfectly timed.
The story goes like this. In February GQ ran a piece by Suketu Mehta about The Green Angels, “a collective of about 30 models turned high-end-weed dealers.” Mehta wrote:
The Green Angels, [Honey, the organization’s mastermind] tells me, are selling a fantasy of an attractive, well-educated, presentable young woman who wants to get you high — a slightly more risqué Avon lady. Not all of the Angels are working models, but they are all young and attractive. In eight years, they have never been busted by the cops. The explanation is simple: Good-looking girls don’t get searched.
He spent months with the Angels, attending meetings, learning about their high-end clientele and their savvy techniques for going unnoticed by the NYPD. It’s a fun read with all of the key ingredients: organized crime, attractive people making fast cash, and New York City socialites.
But the fallout is now becoming clear. According to Joe Pompeo, Politico’s Morning Media columnist, “A Morning Media source says that ‘NYC media folks’ have been ‘talking about how pissed they are at GQ’ for its February 14 story, ‘Queens of the Stoned Age,’ about the Green Angels.” The anonymous tipster added: “The dealers profiled in this story were apparently THE supply chain for media types, and now they’ve gone dark since the story was published.”
Surely this is harshing some major mellows, but perhaps we can take some comfort in the fact that—even in Trump’s America—the media can still meaningfully influence events in the real world!
Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.