Just about anything can be delivered 24/7 in New York City, and that includes marijuana. A few times a month, Emily, an NYU student, ordered a marijuana delivery to her East Village apartment from a service run by a man named Shaggy.* She soon developed a rapport with the teenaged deliveryman, Johnny. One night after a routine delivery, a frantic Johnny returned to her apartment with a face full of pepper spray and his backpack stolen.

After Emily let Johnny into her apartment and got a washcloth for his face, a call came from Shaggy who accused Emily of “setting up” Johnny and pinned the blame for the stolen backpack on her. Emily still isn’t sure exactly what went on, but she never texted Shaggy again.

Marijuana delivery services, seen most notably on the show High Maintenance, are a trendy, convenient way for city-dwellers to score their green. Many millennials, though, don’t have access to the elite delivery services catering to upper-class neighborhoods and have found that the risks of using delivery services often outweigh the benefits.

The delivery services most often depicted in the media tend to cater to the upper class. That’s the case for the Green Angels, the Manhattan-based delivery service run by models that NYU journalism professor Suketu Mehta followed for two years and wrote about in the GQ article “Queens of the Stoned Age.”

People from lower-income neighborhoods received lower priority service, according to Mehta.

“The phones were divided by grade of customer,” Mehta said, noting that customers from Bed-Stuy and Bushwick tended to fall under the low-priority phone. “I followed them for two years, and by the end of it they had sold off the customer base to a different service.”

Other services go by names like Hotline Green, Mr. Nice Guy, Green Goddess, Best Buds and, of course, Shaggy. Mehta said that people tend to feel safer with delivery services; none of the Green Angels ever had a run-in with the police, and marijuana regulation is low on the New York Police Department’s list of priorities.

Still for many young people familiar with the weed culture at NYU, it’s easier to score weed the old-fashioned way: find a dealer by following the scent of weed on a residence hall floor, or pick up from a friend who deals. “I got really weirded out by these delivery services just because of that chain of command and knowing that Shaggy was in control,” Emily said. “Now if I ever go pick up it’s just from a friend.”

Another NYU student, Rick, who has bought from Hotline Green and Mr. Nice Guy said that he, too, prefers to buy from friends. “It can be unreliable sometimes when they’re coming to deliver it to you. They might take longer than they say they will, and they sometimes might not have the kind of weed you want to buy,” Rick said. Plus he likes the personal touch: “I kind of like the interaction of a dealer. I have friends who deal, so I want to support them.”

*All names have been changed.