What Do You Do When You Smell Marijuana?

Last week I had a work order fixing some drywall for this tenant. He had a leak in his apartment and the plumbers came in and ripped out all this drywall from his wall, and ripped out a lot of his ceiling.

MarijuanaThere is actually a way to remove drywall that doesn’t involve tearing it out like a pack of wolves, but I guess these plumbers didn’t get the memo. It looked like a wild dog had chewed out the drywall instead of plumbers removing it.

So my buddy and I go in to repair the drywall after the plumbers fixed the water leak.

When we walked in there, we were smacked in the face by the strong smell of weed. Marijuana. I think we got a contact high immediately, haha.

We did our job; we had to go back 5 times to keep working over the drywall until it looked right. Each time we went back, there was always that smell, but my coworker and I never said or did anything about it.

The tenant was a nice guy, he didn’t speak a lot of English, but man, he never hassled us. We did our job and got out his way; and he got out of our way when we were doing our job. Couldn’t have gone better.Weed - Helping Americans Learn the Metric System

When you do work for people in their homes, you see all kinds of weird things and smell weird things… people are crazy behind closed doors, dudes, batsh*t crazy. You learn not to ask questions.

There just isn’t enough time in the day to call the cops every time we smell marijuana, or call the landlord if there’s something uncool in there, or anything like that. Well, and I’m not a douche.

And with my old criminal record from my young, dumb days (more on that some other time), what right do I have to judge?

Let people be, dudes, just let ‘em be.


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What Do You Do When You Smell Marijuana? — 33 Comments

  1. As a former pothead, I think people should be allowed to smoke a little bit of the wacky tobacky. It sounds like it’s getting voted to become legal in Washington state too. It will interesting to see how that affects the marijuana industry here in BC. I think a lot of the stuff grown here was smuggled down to Washington.
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  2. What about the other way around? Years back I had new carpet installed in my condo and after the guys left for lunch and came back, you could tell that they’d been smoking something stronger than cigarettes. I kept an eye on them much more closely through the afternoon and didn’t give them a tip which I know you often do with carpet guys, because that was unprofessional and I figure they’d tipped themselves over lunch.
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    • That’s pretty unprofessional. Like any other job, we’re not supposed to show up at the job sites under the influence of anything, so that sucks that they came back from lunch high. Probably made them take longer to do the job, too! Sometimes there have been problems with dudes showing up to job sites drunk where I work…but not very often, because blue collar dudes aren’t hard to find these days and so if you mess up, you get fired fast! Pretty ballsy of those carpenters.

    • That’s true too, you never know if someone is doing it for medical reasons or for fun, so don’t make waves where there doesn’t need to be any!

  3. What do I do when I smell it? Laugh and shake my head. Well, that’s what I did last time I smelled it. I didn’t even know what it was! My husband and I were taking a walk and his eyes got really big and he asked me “you smell that?” I said “yeah, what is it?” He told me and we decided it was probably coming from our antisocial neighbor’s garage. Sitting in your garage getting high in the middle of the day? Such a loser.
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  4. LOL. I live in BC. I smell it getting out of my car to go to work, walking down the sidewalk to go for dinner, entering into apartment buildings, everywhere. It’s not biggie. It’s not legal here yet but nobody cares if you smoke it.
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  6. Yeah, really not a biggie.

    When once viewing a potential flat I opened up what would be my wardrobe and found a bunch of budding pot plants.

    (He was a cool guy though and I ended up moving in.)

    I’ve also lived in a number of flats where weed was smoked all the time and even sold (not so keen on the latter). It’s so common here. I just personally hate the smell – I think it’s disgusting – is all.

    It’s the harder stuff that we should worry about.
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  7. I work in tech support, and right now I work on a DOD facility. Our duties are spelled out pretty well. If I come across a machine with an obvious case of violation of Acceptable Use policy, my job is to tell my supervisor. Period. He has his directives as well, but once I tell him, it’s out of my hands. IF–and only if–I am asked to provide information that would be requested only for investigative purposes, my job is to provide the information–that’s all, nothing else. IF as an independent service provider, I come across something illegal, I would have to ask myself several questions regarding how to handle it. For example, how did this information come to my knowledge. I have no call to be reading a customer’s emails; I have no call to be reading or examining cookies. I have no call to be browsing locally stored files–UNLESS the customer was paying me to do so. A simple clean up or repair job would not warrant snooping. However, if the customer was paying me to investigate HIS property–for example, if the customer was a business owner who suspected his employees were surfing porn sites on company computers–the only call I have is to fulfil what the customer is asking. ANd that is only to search for violations of policy. If I were to boot a machine and the desktop image is child pornograpy, I would return the machine and refuse the work. I would explain to the customer that I was not comfortable with the image I saw when I booted the machine. On the chance that the customer is unaware of the image, it is not my place to alert law enforcement. I have a line in the sand where I would call, but when there is ONE possibility of innocence on the part of the customer, I do not feel that I have witnessed a crime. I have to operate on the presumption of innocence, I am not a law enforcement officer, and I really have no interest in snooping files and email belonging to other people. Some stuff can be tough calls, but as long as it isn’t making me uncomfortable, it’s really none of my business.
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