bangkok: Bangkok’s cannabis pop-up truck is popular with tourists


BANGKOK: ‘Amnesia’, ‘Jack Haze’ and ‘Night Nurse’ are among marijuana strains on sale at a pop-up truck in Bangkok, as retailers cash in on demand for the newly decriminalized substance from foreigners and locals .
Thailand last week became the first Asian country to legalize the cultivation of marijuana and its use in food and drink by removing it from the list of narcotics.
The government has said it hopes the move will help the agriculture and medical research sectors of the economy. Drug dealers said the tourism industry battered by the COVID-19 pandemic should also be boosted.
However, smoking weed in public can break health laws and Parliament is still debating a Cannabis Regulation Bill, meaning there is confusion as to how it can be used legally.
Keira Gruttner, a 32-year-old Canadian customer, was among tourists queuing outside a green pop-up truck in the Khaosan Road tourist haven, where staff were weighing and packing crushed buds and leaves.
“I think it might bring people from countries where it’s not legal. I might be another tourist attraction for people,” she said.
The truck, located in an area of ​​Bangkok popular with backpackers, sells the buds for 700 baht ($20) a gram and staff said the drug can affect users in different ways, such as helping them sleep better or alleviate their anxiety.
Another overseas customer, Kentaro Kajima, described his purchase as a “dream come true” while dancing with a friend in front of the truck.
The Southeast Asian country, which has traditionally used cannabis to relieve pain and fatigue, legalized medical marijuana in 2018.

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