Thai Stick

Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

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Author: Peter Maguire,Mike Ritter

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231535562

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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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 in the history of the drug trade. Many forget that until the mid-1970s, the vast majority of marijuana consumed in the United States was imported, and there was little to no domestic production. Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter are the first historians to document this underground industry, the only record of its existence rooted in the fading memories of its elusive participants. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with smugglers and law enforcement agents, the authors recount the buy, delivery, voyage home, and product offload. They capture the eccentric personalities of the men and women who transformed the Thai marijuana trade from a GI cottage industry into a professionalized business moving the world's most lucrative commodities, unraveling a rare history from the smugglers' perspective.

Cultivator's Handbook of Marijuana

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Author: Drake

Publisher: Ronin Publishing

ISBN: 9780914171539

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This revised and updated edition of the classic Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana had complete information on growing marijuana indoors and out. Full of examples, fantastic illustrations and horticultural knowledge. Drake is a leading authority on marijuana cultivation. His book Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana includes information on the marijuana plant, marijuana and land, working with young plants, marijuana and light, harvesting and curing, making a good plant better, cultivation of psychoactive tobacco, and cultivation awareness.

Parliamentary Debates

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Author: New Zealand. Parliament. House of Representatives

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Marooned

The Transformation of an Urban Dope Fiend

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Author: David Smith

Publisher: New Dawning Publications

ISBN: 0983003556

Category:

Page: N.A

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Thailand: Deadly Destination

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Author: John Stapleton

Publisher: A Sense Of Place Publishing

ISBN: 099254873X

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 9168

The daily robbing, bashing, drugging, extortion and murder of foreign tourists on Thai soil, along with numerous scandals involving unsafe facilities and well established scams, has led to frequent predictions that Thailand's multi-billion dollar tourist industry will self-destruct. Instead tourist numbers more than doubled in the decade to 2014. The world might not have come to the hometowns of the many visitors fascinated by Thailand, but it certainly came to the Land of Smiles. While the Thai media is heavily censored, and bad news stories about tourists suppressed, nonetheless there is more than enough evidence to demonstrate that something has gone seriously awry with the nation's tourist industry. In 2014, just as in the years preceding it, there were train, bus, ferry, speedboat, motorbike and car accidents, murders, knifings, unexplained deaths, numerous suicides, diving accidents, robberies gone wrong, anonymous bodies washing up on the shores and a string of alcohol and drug related incidents. Thailand had a dying king and serious succession problems, weak democratic institutions, an economy slipping into recession, faced issues of corruption across many of its key services and was host to international crime syndicates, awash with despised foreigners and drifting perilously towards civil war. Tourists choose one destination over another for a number of reasons, most of which Thailand scores highly on. But on the core issue of tourist safety, Thailand scores very badly indeed.

The Big Book of Buds

Marijuana Varieties from the World's Great Seed Breeders

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Author: Ed Rosenthal

Publisher: Ed Rosenthal

ISBN: 1936807106

Category: Gardening

Page: 240

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This full-color guide showcases the diversity of cannabis varieties. Stunning close-ups from the world’s great breeders are accompanied by concise information about growing characteristics and bud quality. Engaging essays offer insights into marijuana’s special botany and the culture that surrounds this controversial plant.

Reefer Men: The Rise and Fall of a Billionaire Drug Ring

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Author: Tony Thompson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444719866

Category: True Crime

Page: 416

View: 5538

This is the story of an international group of drug smugglers, their criminal success and the hunt to bring them to justice. There were sixteen of them, from America, Britain, Australia and Thailand, and together they were called 'The Ring'. They first began exporting marijuana in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, and over the years they smuggled vast shipments into the USA and Europe, becoming multi-millionaires in the process. In 1988, they decided to carry out one final heist that would ensure they could retire forever. However, they were intercepted by the police, and the key Ring members all had to flee to avoid being arrested. With unlimited money at their disposal and contacts in all parts of the globe, they were the ultimate fugitives. Tracking them down would call for a fifteen-year international manhunt. Tony Thompson, bestselling author of Gangland Britain and Gangs, describes their rise, fall and eventual capture in a thrilling, fast-paced true crime adventure.