Thai Stick

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

Peter Maguire

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"Thai Stick" by Peter Maguire takes readers on a fascinating journey into the underground drug trade of the 1970s. Through meticulous research and compelling storytelling, Maguire explores the rise and fall of the infamous Thai Stick, a potent strain of marijuana smuggled out of Southeast Asia.

From the lush fields of Thailand to the gritty streets of California, Maguire delves into the interconnected web of criminals, law enforcement, and counterculture icons who were swept up in the Thai Stick trade. Drawing on interviews, archival documents, and personal experiences, Maguire uncovers the complex dynamics that fueled this lucrative enterprise.

Through vivid descriptions and vivid characters, Maguire reveals the allure and danger of the Thai Stick, with its exceptional potency and high demand. He highlights the innovative smuggling methods employed by those involved, as they ingeniously concealed the illicit cargo within everyday objects.

Maguire also delves into the politics and sociocultural factors that shaped the Thai Stick trade. He highlights the role of the Vietnam War and its influence on drug use, as well as the clashes between counterculture ideals and law enforcement efforts.

"Thai Stick" is a captivating exploration of a pivotal period in drug history. Maguire's meticulous research, engaging narrative, and thought-provoking analysis make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of drugs, crime, and culture.

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