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Cannabis vendor in central Thailand is making bank



Kamphai's Cannabis cart, photo by Naewna

One vendor in central Thailand is pretty happy about Thailand’s new cannabis laws. The vendor, 53 year old Khamphai, is bringing good vibes to local stoners in Ang Thong province, and over 1,000 baht a day to herself.

Despite the announcement to decriminalise aspects of cannabis and marijuana use, specific laws and guidelines are yet to be presented to the Thai parliament and is becoming highly politicised. Many of Thailand’s opposition – mostly progressive – parties are in opposition to the sudden change to Thailand’s long-term categorisation of cannabis as an illicit drug.

Every day, Khampai rolls up to the Suwaphan Agricultural Market with her cart full of small cannabis plants. The market is in Ang Thong’s main city district, crowded with eager buyers. In the past 3 days, she has been able to sell 100-200 plants for 150-180 baht each, raking in a net profit of over a thousand baht each day.

Khamphai buys the Cannabis plants from Thailand’s northeast province of Buriram, bringing them back down to Ang Thong to earn those bucks. Khamphai and her vendor have reportedly caused quite a stir at the market since this is the first time many market-goers have seen someone openly selling the ‘happy plant’. But apparently, enough customers have grown fond of Khamphai’s business, because now she’s rolling in the dough.

While 1,000 baht a day may not seem like a lot to some people, it’s worth remembering that Thailand has a measly minimum daily wage of 650 baht. Before the wage went up earlier this month, it was 313 – 336 baht per day, depending on the province. Talk about scraping by. So for sellers like Khamphai, earning over 1,000 baht a day is living the good life, at least compared to some people’s situations.

SOURCE: Naewna


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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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