New Yorkers are ordering takeout marijuana from drug rings that operate with corporate-style attention to customer satisfaction, reports the Associated Press. Example: One man orders by phone; within a few hours, a well-groomed delivery man – sometimes a moonlighting actor or chef – arrives at his apartment carrying weed neatly packaged in small plastic containers.
Experts say home delivery has been growing in popularity, thanks to a corporate style designed to put customers at ease and avoid the messy turf wars associated with other drugs. “It’s certainly been the trend in the past 10 years in urban areas that are becoming gentrified,” said Prof. Ric Curtis of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced it had broken up a sophisticated organization called the Cartoon Network. Agents arrested 12 people after using wiretaps and surveillance and making undercover buys.