Foreigners flock to Bangkok cannabis truck

STORY: Thailand last week became the first Asian country to legalize the growing of marijuana and its consumption in food and drinks by de-listing it as a narcotic. But smoking pot in public can violate some public health laws and parliament is debating a draft cannabis bill, meaning there is some confusion over how it can be legally used.

The truck, currently in an area of Bangkok popular with backpackers, is selling buds at 700 baht ($20) per gram and different strains have different effects on users such as promoting better sleep, according to staff.

Keira Gruttner, a 32-year-old customer from Canada, was among several tourists who queued at the truck on Khaosan Road, where staff weighed and packaged buds and crushed leaves to order.

"I think it might bring people from countries where it's not legal, it could be another tourism pull," she said.

“I know many foreigners who want to come in and smoke weed on the beach,” said customer Sadik Necati.

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