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Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter


Located on the left bank of the Chao Phya River, Thailand's capital, Krungthep, known as Bangkok to Westerners and “the City of Angels” to Thais, has been home to smugglers and adventurers since the late eighteenth century. During the 1970s, it became a modern Casablanca to a new generation of treasure seekers, from surfers looking to finance their endless summers to wide-eyed hippie true believers and lethal marauders left over from the Vietnam War. Moving a shipment of Thai sticks from northeast Thailand farms to American consumers meant navigating one of the most complex smuggling channels ... More

Keywords: Krungthep, Bangkok, Thai sticks, Thailand, smuggling channels, drug trade, marijuana, smugglers, Thai marijuana trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161343
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Maguire, author

Mike Ritter, author