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Thai StickSurfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade$
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Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161343

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.001.0001

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Thai Sticks

Thai Sticks

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Thai Stick

Peter Maguire

Mike Ritter

, David Farber
Columbia University Press

This chapter gives an overview of the drug trade surrounding the seedless cannabis sativa—the marijuana plant used for the potent, high-grade Thai sticks. Such wares fetched a premium price on American soil, and their trade continued to addle the Nixon administration even in the face of a much larger threat—heroin trafficking. Given how limited a commodity this prime quality, perfectly dried and packaged Thai and Laotian pot was, in the 1970s it was a seller's market with no end in sight. Unlike other drugs whose distribution was tightly controlled at the upper levels by syndicates, the Thai marijuana trade was controlled only by the laws of supply and demand.

Keywords:   cannabis sativa, marijuana, Thai marijuana trade, Nixon administration, Thai sticks, supply and demand, heroin trafficking

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