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    Coming from the 70's, a lid was usually 4 fingers width (using your own 4 fingers.) and it typically measured out to be an ounce. This was measured in a plastic sandwhich baggie. It was not that the dealer was not weighing out his product, but usually a buyer didn't carry a scale.. so the 4 fingers was a basic equivalent .. you could eyeball your bag and know that you were pretty much on the mark. Now, for that. $10.00!!! Today.. 1/8th is $45 where I am from... and back then they had all kinds of interesting names just like they do today...

    However, let's also keep in mind that back in the 70's, shake/stems/seeds would be included in your "lid" for $10.00... today's bags.. holy cow.. a whole lot different.. pure bud.. minimal stems.. hardly any seeds at all...

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    So for those who were wondering about the "lid".. I don't know about any coffee can lids for measuring... but I do know for a fact that a 4 finger lid was about an oz and it was $10.00... early 70's fact not fiction!

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    a lid ... the part of a sandwich bag that folds over the top

    when u bought a lid you got a sandwich bag full up to the lid

    simple as that ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70girl View Post
    Coming from the 70's, a lid was usually 4 fingers width (using your own 4 fingers.) and it typically measured out to be an ounce. This was measured in a plastic sandwhich baggie. It was not that the dealer was not weighing out his product, but usually a buyer didn't carry a scale.. so the 4 fingers was a basic equivalent .. you could eyeball your bag and know that you were pretty much on the mark. Now, for that. $10.00!!! Today.. 1/8th is $45 where I am from... and back then they had all kinds of interesting names just like they do today...

    However, let's also keep in mind that back in the 70's, shake/stems/seeds would be included in your "lid" for $10.00... today's bags.. holy cow.. a whole lot different.. pure bud.. minimal stems.. hardly any seeds at all...


    So for those who were wondering about the "lid".. I don't know about any coffee can lids for measuring... but I do know for a fact that a 4 finger lid was about an oz and it was $10.00... early 70's fact not fiction!
    This is the true fact, Peace out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weedpipe View Post
    a lid ... the part of a sandwich bag that folds over the top

    when u bought a lid you got a sandwich bag full up to the lid

    simple as that ...
    Thats what we called a lid.It cost $30.00 bucks and it was never seeds and stems.I always got my stuff back then in the blue grass state.The bud was always more on the sativa side long slim buds and very green some with red hairs and some with orange hairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeefoo View Post
    Contrary to popular belief a Lid is not an ounce of weed. The coffee cans had a key like a sardine can and the Lid would be wound off the can. The Lid used to measure usually contained about 4 fingers of pot. People at that time didn't have a triple scale to weight pot.
    Right. that's what we would get in the seventies. I was too young sooner then that. it was a very long time ago.

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    thin lid fat lid no zip lock
    it's a welcome bag of weed, people
    best with than without

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    Re: Whats a lid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Weedpipe View Post
    a lid ... the part of a sandwich bag that folds over the top

    when u bought a lid you got a sandwich bag full up to the lid

    simple as that ...
    I was just reading the first page and was gonna say this, but figured I should read the rest of the post first. I dont remember if it was my dad or my next door neighbor that told me, but both are long-time smokers. I seem to remember hearing it was about $50 for a lid, which makes sense factoring in inflation. Just my .02 cents.

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    Back in the day (70's), around here, a lid was 4 fingers of weed (usually leaf) it weighed about an ounce. "An ounce" and "a lid" were interchangeable, "ounce" meant that someone bothered to weigh it (theorically). There were 16 lids in a pound, when a pound was divided by sight rather than by scale.
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    Re: Whats a lid?

    we had 1,2,3,4 finger bags, we also had lids, which is a hell of alot more than a 4 finger bag ...

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    From one old enuf to know...a lid was an oz (roughly)....in a sandwich bag (no ziplocks then) and if it filled da bag to the width of four fingers, that was good....btw, we usually paid ten bucks for a lid...



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    The term lid goes back to the late 20's and NYC jazz musician/weed dealer Mezz Mezzrow. He kept his weed in a Folgers coffee can. He filled the lid of the can for 10 bucks,thus the name.lid.

    Good weed in the 30's,40's,and 50's was called "The Mighty Mezz" in jazz circles. Mezz was Louis Armstrong's dealer.

    When I started smoking weed circa 1969,"Lid" was mainly a West Coast term for an ounce of pot. Back east,a lid was a short ounce,three fingers that sold for around 15 bucks. A four finger ounce cost 20 bucks.

    I wouldn't deal with a guy who weighed his ounces those days,they were shorting you. An ounce was four fingers of weed in a sandwich bag,period. If you sold 28 gram on the nose ounces,you were considered a bad dealer.

    As most weed came into the country in kilo bricks/packages,basically the dealer was buying half a key when he bought a pound from a wholesaler and everyone knew it. The conversation would start something like this,"Where's that extra weed,Sparky,you rat bastard ripoff artist."

    I witnessed a few hellacious fist fights over that extra 1/12th of an ounce of seedy Mexican weed.

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    Re: Whats a lid?

    four finger bag, 15.00, 1970's the baggies back then diden't have pleats like they do now so it looked like alot more. when you hold up the bag and your hand horizontally it would be 4 fingers. bud, small stems, seeds, and leaf or shake as we called it. the everyday stuff was called mexican and every now and then you would find columbian gold or redbud and they were 20.00

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    Re: Whats a lid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hogdady View Post
    From one old enuf to know...a lid was an oz (roughly)....in a sandwich bag (no ziplocks then) and if it filled da bag to the width of four fingers, that was good....btw, we usually paid ten bucks for a lid...
    Amen brudda, but before those early sandwich bags days, a 'lid' was a Prince Albert tobacco can filled with grass for 10 bucks, and was how my first score came packaged at a Love In/Free Concert (Janice Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Three Dog Night) at Griffith Park in '69.
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    wow this is one question that has people showing their age the term "lid" for any of us who started smoking any latter then 70's ment an ounce, we were still braking things up by eye then and you could still by a joint for a dollar.By the end of the 80's things had changed out were nickel and dime bags,replaced by grams and eigths.Lids and four finger bags became an O.Z or ounce.Now every thing is wieghed down to the tenth of a gram.peace

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