Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gage n.2

also gauge

(US drugs) marijuana; thus gage joint, gage pad, a place to smoke marijuana.

G. Michael ‘Sweet Marijuana Brown’ in Murder at the Vanities [film script] Boy she’s really frantic – the wildest chick in town. / Sweet Marijuana Brown. / She blows her gage – flies in a rage, / Sweet Marijuana Brown.
Lil Green ‘Knockin’ Myself Out’ [lyrics] I started blowin’ my gauge, I was havin’ my fun / I spied the police and I started to run.
[US]D. Burley Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 30: My Chippie lays down, like the kong that / Runs in rivers in the gage joints on the Stem.
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 72: I passed a stick of gauge for the other boys to smoke, and we started a set.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 768: He was seeing everything in the finally-climaxed focus of the crystal clarity that was like slow motion as if he had been smoking gauge.
[US]Hughes & Bontemps Book of Negro Folklore 362: Sister Lou got frantic and all in a rage, / Like a tea hound dame on some frantic gage.
[US]L. Block Diet of Treacle (2008) 113: Two ounces of gauge. I lose money on the gauge.
[UK]‘Hassan-i-Sabbah’ Leaves of Grass 1: Mary Ann / Gauge / Mary and Johnny.
[US]R.R. Moore ‘Signifyin’ Monkey’ [lyrics] So the lion jumped up in a helluva rage! / Like a young cocksucker full of gage.
[US](con. 1930s) Courtwright & Des Jarlais Addicts Who Survived 240: In those days it was called ‘gage,’ ‘weed,’ or ‘tea’.
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 236: Coleman: ‘Pot, grass, weed, dope, [...] gage . . .’.
[Aus](con. 1945–6) P. Doyle Devil’s Jump (2008) 51: ‘What is it?’ ‘Gage [...] Texas Tea. Mexican Spinach. Maitland madness. Loco weed. Indian Hemp. Gangster. Marijuanna.’.

In compounds

gage butt (n.) [butt n.1 (2b)]

(drugs) a marijuana cigarette.

[US] in M. Berger ‘Tea for a Viper’ New Yorker 12 Mar.
[US] ‘Jargon of Marihuana Addicts’ in AS XV:3 Oct. 336/2: The cigarettes are usually called reefers, but other names are: bennys, gage-butts.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics.
[US]Wentworth & Flexner DAS.
gage pad (n.)

a place for buying and/or smoking marjuana.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 124: I’m cuttin’ out from them old gage pads, boy, I don’t know ’bout you.

In phrases

blow gage (v.) (also blow gauge)

(orig. US black) to smoke marijuana.

[US]Lil Green & Big Bill Broonzy ‘Knocking Myself Out’ [lyrics] I started blowing my gage, and I was havin’ my fun / I spied the police and I started to run.
[US]C. Himes Big Gold Dream 59: Blowing gage and talking underneath their clothes like as if they were hustlers.
[US]C. Himes Rage in Harlem (1969) 30: Three teenage boys have a fifteen-year-old girl inside, all blowing gage.
[US]Cleaver in Zinberg & Robertson Drugs and the Public 206: I could not see how they were more justified in drinking than I was in blowing the gage. I was a grasshopper.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 184: I used to blow some gauge. [Ibid.] 230: blow gauge Smoke marijuana.
Blue House Globe and Mail [Internet] The bass player said he likes to sit on the couch and __________ (I can’t say it, but synonyms include ‘blow gage from a white stick’ and ‘do cheeb from a large rolled concoction’).
gage up (v.)

(US black) to smoke marijuana.

[US]N.Y. Times Mag. 16 Dec. 81: They drink whisky and ‘gage up’ (smoke pot).
get a/one’s gage up (v.) (also get one’s gauge up)

to excite or stimulate oneself, esp. from smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol.

[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Prison Parlance’ in AS IX:1 26: get one’s gage up. To become intoxicated.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 79/2: Get one’s gage up. To stimulate oneself by smoking marijuana, or, less frequently, by drinking hard liquor.
[UK]D. Wells Night People 21: Maybe you would have a little taste upstairs, but when you got your gauge up and your stomach full, you’d go back and blow some more.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 10: Get a gage up — To smoke marijuana.