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D.C. Marijuana Etiquette, Explained by Sally Quinn

The Washington Post article on the etiquette of Washington marijuana smoking didn't just lack a certain sense of perspective. It was also missing the paper's most prominent party-thrower and ex-magicdoer, Sally Quinn. How can you talk about Washington etiquette without bringing her in—especially when it means a chance to ask Sally Quinn about getting high?

As it turns out, the question of communal blazing isn't that complicated for Quinn, at least hypothetically. "I would know my group," she says. "And I would say 'Who wants to smoke some dope?'"

Which isn't to say that sharing pot can't be a little sticky. Quinn was shocked by the Post's anecdote about a guest trying to smoke weed while children were in the house, and she and husband Ben Bradlee ban the drug from their own Georgetown parties, citing their employment with the Post. There's also complicity in the international drug trade to be consider.

Quinn compares pulling out some pot before knowing your guests' reaction to it to pulling out your keys and proposing some wife-swapping when your guests aren't swingers.

"So you invite another couple over for dinner, and you say, 'Now we're all going to have sex together," says Quinn. "Well now, you wouldn't do that."

Photo by Financial Times photos via Wikimedia Commons


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  • Tom M

    Less interested in an invite to the Bradlee parties now that we are ASSURED there is no pot nor wife swapping. How boring? Seems that Katherine Graham was more interesting than we might have thought -- smoking hash with Truman Capote. Oh yeah....

  • William

    xref: "Come all without, come all within, who'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn..." (Dylan, Bob); xref: 'smoke outside' conclusion from WaPo marijuana etiquette comments this morning. Also xref: business cards with your doctor's name and prescription info that gives you the right to smoke marijuana which you can give to anyone around you when you do re: second hand smoke so when an officer says, "Get out of the car. I smell marijuana," second hand smoke victims can show the card by way of explanation.

  • M McL

    International drug trade? Why, weed cant be grown domestically? Stupid statement.