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Old 10 October 2010, 03:44 AM
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Comment: In the late 1960s there was a magazine on the newsstands named High Times. As the title suggests, it was a magazine for drug users. An example article was How to Grow Marijuana. While I am totally against drug use, there is one ad in an issue that I would like to tell you about.

There was a classified ad offering to sell Mexican pot for $2 per ounce at a San Diego address. Postage was only 25 cents. Drug use at the time WAS illegal but the person placing the ad made bundles of money. Yes, government officials conducted an investigation and found nothing illegal about the ad. How can this be? While the phrase "Mexican pot" implies Marijuana, the person was actually selling ceramic pots made in Mexico. He made trips to Tijuana and purchased them by the case. Word has it that he actually sold over $100,000 worth of Mexican pots!

Believe it or not, some people that ordered the Mexican pot, actually complained to their state’s Attorney General that they got ripped off.
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Old 10 October 2010, 03:12 PM
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Given that High Times didn't exist until 1974 we seem to have a time-line issue if the person claims that it existed in the 1960s.
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Old 11 October 2010, 12:45 AM
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A one ounce piece of postage in the late 60's cost as high as 6¢, while in 1974 the is cost a whopping 10¢. Price info from the US Postal Service

ETA: Shouldn't anyone have questioned why a dime bag would cost $2?
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Old 11 October 2010, 04:39 PM
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High Times is still a magazine for marijuana users or anyone else that wants to buy it &/or read it.

Knowing it is a marijuana magazine, why would anyone be shocked at any content, ads or otherwise?
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Old 11 October 2010, 04:52 PM
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ETA: Shouldn't anyone have questioned why a dime bag would cost $2?
Drugs can be sold for a remarkably high up charge given that it is an illegal product.

Of course that goes to how one could advertise pot without getting the attention of the various drug agencies
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Old 11 October 2010, 10:38 PM
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We would have to see the wording of the ad to discover how they made up for the lacking article "a" --- For sale: Mexican Pot VS. For Sale: A Mexican Pot.

I don't believe this. It is merely a quasi-pun, and I have heard its like before:

People going through a Canadian border check point and when asked if they had anything to declare, answer "Just a little pot." (Meaning small clay pot.)

Yuk yuk. I think this was in Reader's Digest ....

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Old 11 October 2010, 10:52 PM
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Drugs can be sold for a remarkably high up charge given that it is an illegal product.
A dime bag means it cost's $10.00, not 10 cents. I wouldn't have gone for the ad because I would have suspected a scam for that low of a price.
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Old 11 October 2010, 11:27 PM
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A dime bag means it cost's $10.00, not 10 cents.
I guess it is proof positive that I never have used the stuff ... Sorry.
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Old 12 October 2010, 12:53 PM
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Frying Pan <- This is your friend's head on drugs

(Insert obligitory "Why do you think they call it dope?" joke here)
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Old 12 October 2010, 12:56 PM
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Also, depending on the timing and other factors, a dime bag might contain considerably less than an ounce.
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Old 30 October 2010, 12:50 AM
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Not That It Matters..... but since I have been 12 a dime bag has referred to 1 gram and a nickel bag half that at .5 of a gram anything higher loses the money lingo where Im from(Canada) anyway and goes to just the increment of how much of an ounce it is... Ounce, Half Ounce, Quarter, Half Quarter

and for any non cookers an ounce is 28 grams

Just thought I would throw in the added knowledge that I actually possess

keep in mind I am a pretty young soul (only 21) and it is very plausible that at one time the term dime bag could of referred to a substantially larger amount as I have heard many stories of when you could get an Ounce for much cheaper then todays outrageous prices as cheap as 50 dollars

hopefully this doesnt come off condescending I read these boards quite often and just wanted to share knowledge that hasnt been given yet, illustrating how 2 dollars no matter the time would be a very cheap ounce

sorry that was so long I need to go back to school and clean my writing up, getting very sloppy and redundant
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Old 13 December 2010, 07:30 PM
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Half Quarter
I've never heard it called "half quarter" - always an eighth.
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Old 13 December 2010, 07:35 PM
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I heard a similar tale, that someone placed an advert promising "Cup Final seats for sale". Respondants were sent small wooden seats with 'Cup Final' written on them. I like that one better, because it's a higher class of pun, and the idea of tiny little wooden furniture amuses me.
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Also, depending on the timing and other factors, a dime bag might contain considerably less than an ounce.
I agree, Lainie. Where I lived when I began smoking it, a dime bag was an eyeball measure, same as a lid (enough pot to cover a coffee can lid), never actual weights.
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Old 13 December 2010, 08:50 PM
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I always thought that a dime was 1/10 of an ounce and a nickle was 1/20. I could have been mistaken, though. When I had reason to know such things, an ounce was around $100 so it made sense to me that 1/10 of that would cost around $10.
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Old 13 December 2010, 09:36 PM
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mela681, was that in the '60s?
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Back in the day, way back in the day, a sandwich bag pretty full was $10 for run of the mill stuff with some stems and seeds. A pound could be had for +/- $250. Or so I am told.
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Old 15 December 2010, 01:58 AM
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I'm not sure of the weight, but way back in the mid 60's a dime bag measured 4 fingers wide across a standard sandwich bag. Lucky for me my supplier had larger fingers than I did.
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"I remember when a dime bag used to cost a dime!" ~ Willie Nelson in Half Baked
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