How pot is infiltrating New York’s most elite social circles
When 62-year-old Jeri hosts her weekly canasta game at her posh Madison Avenue pad, she puts out a spread. There are salads, sushi, cookies, vodka cocktails and of course, a pipe, marijuana and gummy edibles — cannabis-infused candy.
“The other day, we were stoned out of our minds, under-the-floor hysterical,” said Jeri, a retired celebrity jewelry designer. “My friends came at 12:30 p.m. and didn’t leave until 6:30 p.m. Everyone wants to come to my house.”
It’s a shift from the first time Jeri, who asked that her last name not be used, first offered her well-heeled gal pals some pot a year and a half ago.
“The girls looked at me like, ‘What are you doing?’ It was like I had a weapon on me.”
Nowadays, thanks in part to her son, who works in the marijuana business in Colorado, her friends can’t get enough.
“They are texting me, ‘Can you hook me up?’ Like all of a sudden, I’ve turned into the Madison Avenue drug dealer?” she joked. “It’s great.”
A few years ago, the stiff-lipped Upper East Side crowd would have been aghast at the idea of cannabis sitting on the table alongside their William Poll canapés. But with Massachusetts in November becoming the eighth state (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize the drug for recreational purposes, and with more and more savvy New Yorkers investing in the burgeoning industry, marijuana has infiltrated the most exclusive circles in town.
“It used to be a thing — if you did pot brownies at a party, no one would ever talk to you again,” said a 40-something Manhattan socialite in the beauty industry.
“Now, the first thing people give you when you walk into their house are edibles . . . and these are Fortune 500 CEOs — Upper East Side, rule-abiding people.”
Photo: Annie Wermiel