Watertown, NY, New York

Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 2-4

Legislation: Possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $100 for the first offense. For the second offense, the penalty increases to a $200 fine and for subsequent offenses the fine increases to $250 and a maximum of 15 days in jail time may be imposed.

Possession of greater than 25 grams or possession of any amount in public where the marijuana is burning or open to public view, is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to three months in jail and a fine up to $500.

Law enforcement: Most local police will probably just take your stash if it is a minute amount, however, it depends on your situation. Typical <25 grams is a misdemeanor, associated with a fine, with distribution/cultivation charges being much worse. Smoking in public is not generally accepted, however, as long as you don’t encounter anybody who is offended, you could smoke a joint walking down the street without a problem. Most cops just drive right on by.

Where to buy marijuana: For the most part it’s a friend economy, where you meet someone who smokes and they will get you a bag. However, this town is plagued with bad souls who like to just take outsiders money and run. Be aware of the situation, and try to meet people in local social spots. Avoid seedy bars around State St., however, if you go outside of Watertown, there are a few bars where a lot more friendly and good-natured people congregate. Also, a good majority of local restaurants hire help who smoke.

Marijuana prices: $10 a gram, $30 an 1/8, $110 – 120 per 1/2, anywhere from $180 – $420, depends on quality, (although you can get really dank outdoor for dirt cheap around harvest time), and then anywhere from $2,200 to $3,200 for an eLBow, prices go down as quantity goes up.

Marijuana brands: Northern Lights, Willy Jack, Blueberry, Purple Haze, Adirondack D-Light, but mostly good hyrdoponic, occasionally a good organic farmer will have a batch going around, most buds are Canadian in origin, with quite a bit of local nuggets of goodness thrown in.