My Boss Asked Me To Score Some Weed

QI’m an attorney five years out at a nondescript law firm in a forgettable city. In other words, I’m just a lawyer, nothing special, nothing big, and I like it that way. I’ve had a colorful past but nothing extreme. Experimented with every drug known to my generation, wandered through Central America and Mexico, drove a tow-truck for four years, did some amateur boxing. For the most part, that’s all behind me and, though some of my friends find it strangely humorous, I’m satisfied that I’m employed and practicing law.

Here’s the deal, though. Last week I got a call at home from one of my bosses, which is highly unusual. We really do leave work behind at the end of the day—so the call made me think it was some sort of emergency. But my boss was calling for one thing: he ultimately asked me if I could “score some weed” for him. I was blown away and thought for a minute and just said, “sure, let me see what I can do.” As you can guess, I now have major second thoughts and two fundamental concerns: 1) given that I’m not open about my past or even what I do presently, how the hell (and why) did my boss connect me with scoring weed? and 2) what should I do now?

AI’m always fascinated by the words that remain stuck in the questions I get. In your case, it’s the phrase “For the most part,” as in “for the most part I’m a happy lawyer but I still like to burn a few.” Here’s the deal. You obviously still have the whole hombre package going for you. The reformed vagabond thing. A wanderer who’s landed at a law firm. And the partners (or “bosses” as you call them) can see that and probably realized it shortly after you started working for them. It’s often more obvious than you think. Same goes for any other associates at the firm, even if you haven’t shared your “colorful past” with them. That past still rides shotgun with you, even while content just practicing law. So, embrace it. It’s not a bad thing. You actually sound fairly relaxed and satisfied with what you are doing and where you are going, and that’s something most attorneys tell me is lacking in their lives. Just don’t be stupid.

As for what to do, lie. Say that you don’t have any connections anymore and that it’s been years since you got baked. Do this for a couple of reasons: 1) it does you no good to become the Jeff Lebowski of the firm, however humorous that may sound to your friends or to other attorneys; and 2) you never, ever—and I mean never ever—want to be an accessory to a partner’s mid-life crisis. That’s essentially what is being asked of you, and it won’t be the first request. After this, it will be to join him to “party” with his girlfriend. Then for advice on tattoos or where to find the best hookers, as if you would know that. It will end badly. Stay away, far away.

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Ex-Bitter is a former big firm lawyer who now doles out advice to anyone who asks. Got a question? Email it to advice@bitterlawyer.com. Or read more Advice from an Ex-Bitter.

4 Comments

  1. Susan Gainen

    October 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Bravo Mr. Bitter! You gave excellent advice. At any time when an employer/boss/supervisor/co-worker asks you to do something that is illegal, unethical or otherwise icky, you should channel Nancy Reagan and “just say no.” You need not be rude, but you must not do whatever has been asked of you.

    If you have been asked to kink a file, lose a document or do anything that would damage your client’s position and your license to practice law, take good notes, check out your (probably limited) rainy-day fund, call your career office and Personal Support Team for emergency lift-off support, and get out as quickly as you can.

  2. Guano Dubango

    October 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    It may not be too bad to be able to “party with the partner’s girlfriend”. If the firm is any good, the partners will be making a lot of money, and assuming same, it is likely that the women who are brought in to be the girlfriends of the partners may well be top of the hoof. As such, it may not be such a bad thing to be able to party with such woman. With any luck, I could have a chance for a good time; if not a marriageable woman, she would certainly be good enough to bang repeatedly.

  3. MagicCircleJerk

    October 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Solid advice. It’s one thing to be known as the guy who likes to go out to drink and chase girls. Quite another to be the f’ing hippy who gets stoned.

  4. Pub Defender

    October 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This is ridiculous, just get the poor guy some weed.

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