How much is a joint worth to you? You can pick them up at local weed stores in Portland for just a couple bucks or, if you literally have money to burn, you can get ahold of Tony Greenhand, a professional joint roller from Albany, Oregon, who will roll you something that costs upwards of $ 10,000.
While his occupation may seem whimsical, Greenhand, 26, takes his craft seriously.
“I basically jump out of bed and start rolling joints,” he told Vocativ, who first reported on Greenhand.
“I normally work everyday. I don’t really take days off,” he told the Oregonian/OregonLive by phone Wednesday. “The only reason I’m taking tomorrow off is because it’s my birthday and my girl is making me.”
The effort he puts in shows, too. Each joint is intricately crafted, filled with as much as four pounds of weed and can take dozens of hours to create.
Despite the sophisticated design of each spliff, they are all smokable.
Greenhand, which is his “artist name,” has done well for himself. His skills are at enough of a premium that customers have flown him all over the country — to Puerto Rico and Aspen, most recently — and he’s gotten requests to travel overseas, but doesn’t have a passport at the moment.
And, though he didn’t disclose who exactly was on his client list, it’s safe to say that anyone who can afford his services isn’t worried about cash.
“I do this for myself. It’s like a fine dinner. I’m an artist,” he said. But getting to rub elbows with celebrities doesn’t hurt either.
“I get to meet people that other people would love to meet and they fawn over my work,” he said. “That part is great.”
A few years ago, Greenhand was just another guy rolling fancy joints for his buddies. But then, at the urging of his friends, he posted a picture of one his creations to Reddit and, within a day, he was taking orders from all over.
Now he has a manager and an Instagram account with nearly 100,000 followers. (He said the social media company has deleted his account five times when they suspected him of selling weed, but he insists that the customers provide the green most of the time)
Serving up spliffs to celebrities is great, Greenhand said, but his favorite joint was a realistic weed sculpture he made of Spider-Man, which fetched a fair sum that went directly to charity. His largest, and most expensive, creation? A life size watermelon filled with 4.2 pounds of weed that would have cost roughly $ 10,000 to purchase if Greenhand hadn’t smoked it himself.
So if you’ve ever had a hankering to fire up a Pikachu, a smokable taco or a replica of Tommy Chong’s head filled with weed, now you know who to get in touch with.
— Kale Williams