On Valentine’s Day, GQ published a titillating tale of a high-end marijuana delivery service operated by attractive models catering to New York’s celebrity elite. The 5,883-word opus had all the ingredients of a blockbuster movie, including cameo appearances from some of the entertainment world’s biggest names, who allegedly were customers: Jimmy Fallon, Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
Two months after publication of the story, the models-turned-dealers appeared to have vanished. On Tuesday, Politico senior reporter Joe Pompeo buried this blind item in his daily Morning Media column:
GQ STORY KILLS NEW YORK MEDIA WEED HOOKUP? A Morning Media source says that “NYC media folks” have been “talking about how pissed they are at GQ” for its February 14 story, “Queens of the Stoned Age,” about the Green Angels, “a collective of about 30 models turned high-end-weed dealers.” According to our tipster: “The dealers profiled in this story were apparently THE supply chain for media types, and now they’ve gone dark since the story was published.”
Now, that’s a scoop! Journalists in the Big Apple have been denied visits from beautiful models slinging weed. They’ll have to purchase their cannabis — which remains illegal in New York — the same way as the hoi polloi.
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Before we go any further, let’s get you up to speed on GQ’s story, written by Suketa Mehta, who was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for ‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.’ Using anonymous sources and assumed names, Mehta embedded herself inside the black market operation with the permission of the owner named Honey, a 27-year-old former model who was raised Mormon and was pregnant at the time of the stories publication. (Hollywood couldn’t have created a better protagonist.)
Here are some of the highlights of Mehta’s masterpiece on the Green Angels:
- Honey, a blue-eyed, 6-foot beauty, grew up Mormon in Utah and moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling. But she soon discovered that there was more money and fewer hassles in the marijuana business than modeling.
- At one point, Honey’s delivery business brought in $27,000 per week, or more than $1.4 million a year.
- The operation had 30 employees.
- Her business model was simple: The Green Angels sell a fantasy of an attractive, well-educated, presentable young woman who wants to get you high—a slightly more risqué Avon lady.
And then there is this passage from the GQ piece:
But the Green Angels didn’t just cater to celebrities — Wall Street big-shot, CEOs, and the aforementioned media types also were regulars … allegedly.
So, what happened to the Green Angels? Has Honey retired? Or, perhaps, merely on maternity leave?
Stay tuned. We can guarantee that you haven’t heard the last of Honey and the Green Angels.
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