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Thai Sticks

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161343
eISBN:
9780231535564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.003.0004
Subject:
History, World Modern History

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 ... More


Pattaya Beach Ground Zero

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161343
eISBN:
9780231535564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.003.0005
Subject:
History, World Modern History

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 ... More


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

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161343
eISBN:
9780231535564
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Modern History

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 ... More


The Great Circle Route and the Sea of Grass

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161343
eISBN:
9780231535564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.003.0006
Subject:
History, World Modern History

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 ... More


Kuta Beach

Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161343
eISBN:
9780231535564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161343.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter chronicles the smuggling operations of scammers—surfer, hippie, and otherwise—in the Kuta Beach in Bali, part of the Hippie Trail. Although there were plenty of setbacks during any given ... More


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