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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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Pattaya Beach Ground Zero

Pattaya Beach Ground Zero

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Thai Stick

Peter Maguire

Mike Ritter

, David Farber
Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the beginnings of a lucrative trade in Thai sticks on Pattaya Beach, Thailand. The surfer scammers there found a clientele among the hippies and American expats, who shared little more than the fact that the Vietnam War was the defining event of their lives. In the midst of this the scammers took advantage of local norms and customs to build a more hospitable area for these customers in which to facilitate trade of Thai sticks. Among the key players in such ventures were the “fixers”—middlemen who scored deals and won the trust of foreigners, creating that vital link between the local suppliers and their foreign clients.

Keywords:   American expats, Pattaya Beach, Thailand, Thai sticks, hippies, fixers

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