HE earned about RM2,000 a month as a high school student simply by selling marijuana and smuggled cigarettes to his peers. Yet, Azlan (not his real name), 20, never even considered himself in the big league.
“Those who invest more time and effort into selling and distributing marijuana as a career earn between RM7,000 and RM12,000 on a monthly basis,” he said.
Today, Azlan is a third year law student at a university in Petaling Jaya. He still does weed from time to time, but has since cut ties with his dealer and has, himself, stopped selling the drug.
He opted out of the tricky business when he could – right after secondary school – and attributes it to realising the dangers lurking deep in the drug distribution network.
We’re talking about criminals who murder over drugs and are involved in human trafficking.
There is a point too young for weed. Like smoking and drinking at an early age, doing weed at such a young age can damage a person’s growth.” – Azlan.
Most regular users, however, are oblivious to that aspect of the marijuana trade. Hence, high school and tertiary students make up the majority of users simply because they’ve got less to lose, said Azlan.
“Older people with careers and families have more at stake,” he explained. “Plus, students don’t see weed as a monster anymore. They compare it to drinking (alcohol).”
It is that very reason, too, that initially drove Azlan to thinking it was okay when he sold his first batch of marijuana at the age of 16.
His business revolved mainly around his fellow schoolmates at his boarding school in the Klang Valley, and he received his stock from the school security guard.
“A lot of students buy and use weed to cope with the stress of exams,” said Azlan. “Many who bought from me were Form Three and Form Five students who have major exams.”
We have no intention of killing people.”
Furthermore, he reckons a higher percentage of recurring buyers “addicted to weed” were students who also smoked.
“Weed is addictive like shopping is addictive – it’s a psychological thing. So, the addictive repercussions of it affect people who smoke more as opposed to those who don’t,” he elaborated.
“There’s also no price control on weed. It depends on seasons, so the drug can get really expensive during dry season. Then, during festive seasons when more people are buying, the price can get a lot cheaper.”
Nevertheless, Azlan insists he – and other weed dealers, for that matter – did not sell to students in primary school. It’s an unwritten rule among the drug dealing community, he said.
“There is a point too young for weed. Like smoking and drinking at an early age, doing weed at such a young age can damage a person’s growth,” he said. “We have no intention of killing people.”
Weed is addictive like shopping is addictive – it’s a psychological thing. So, the addictive repercussions of it affect people who smoke more as opposed to those who don’t.”
Of course, Azlan realised by selling marijuana, he was also setting himself on the road to self-destruction.
“The moment people realise they can make a lot of money from selling weed – and drugs – they stop focusing on their education,” said Azlan. “Weed can ruin your future in that sense, too.”