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In the book the Outsiders the word "a weed" means cigarrttee.
Weed back then ment a smoke or a cigarete
According to "The concise new Partridge dictionary of slang and unconventional English" the term weed was, in 1962, used for marijuana in general, for marijuana cigarettes, and for tobacco cigarettes.
To the best of my recollection, the term is being used to mean a tobacco cigarette rather than a marijuana cigarette in "The Outsiders." I say this because I can not remember there being any depictions of drug use in the book. But I suggest you look at the context to see if you can be sure since I don't have a copy of the book to look it up myself.
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