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Over time, baristas learn to decode the signs of a customer in need — the searching squint for the Wi-Fi password, the meandering quest for the sugar station. At Onyx Tonics, the specialty coffee shop in downtown Burlington, staff have also learned to spot what owner Jason Gonzalez dubs “the Mega Marijuana look.”

Mega Marijuana Store does not exist, but the Mega Marijuana Store look is very real. It’s a look of confusion, frustration and disappointment. It’s the look of embarrassment after realizing you’ve just been duped.

Ever since Onyx Tonics opened in 2016, Gonzalez recently told me, people have shown up looking for weed. They are sent there by websites that purport to take cannabis orders online and that have claimed Burlington-area addresses in web directories to seem more legit. It happens once or twice a week, Gonzalez said — enough that he’s joked about changing his…

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