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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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The Great Circle Route and the Sea of Grass

The Great Circle Route and the Sea of Grass

(p.86) 6 The Great Circle Route and the Sea of Grass
Thai Stick

Peter Maguire

Mike Ritter

, David Farber
Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the complicated routes taken by American scammers in negotiating the Thai marijuana trade, as Thai sticks were carted from farms in their rawest form, changing hands several times until the final product was smuggled into the United States. Contrary to the popular misconceptions of the time, the marijuana trade did not operate under a neat pyramid structure, but was largely informal, disorganized, and heavily based on the laws of supply and demand. Another issue the American law enforcement had to face at the time was the fact that the demand for marijuana came from American soil. At the other end, foreign scammers often found themselves at odds with the local culture—many of them failed to realize that the Thais could be vicious negotiators in their own right after years of experience with foreigners attempting to take advantage of them.

Keywords:   Thai marijuana trade, American law enforcement, American scammers, Thai sticks, United States, supply and demand, pyramid structure

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