Thailand last week became the first Asian country to legalize the cultivation of marijuana and its consumption in food and drink by delisting it as a narcotic.
The government has said it hopes the move will help the agricultural and medical research sectors of the economy. Sellers of the drug said the COVID-19-battered tourism industry should also be given a boost.
However, smoking weed in public could violate health laws, and parliament is still debating a draft cannabis regulation bill, meaning there is confusion about how it can be used legally.
Keira Gruttner, a 32-year-old customer from Canada, was one of the tourists queuing at a green pop-up truck in the Khaosan Road tourist port, where staff weighed and packed buds and bruised leaves.
“I think it could bring people from countries where it’s not legal. I could be another tourist attraction for people,” she said.
Located in an area of Bangkok popular with backpackers, the truck sells buds for 700 baht ($20) per gram and the staff said the drug could affect users in several ways, such as helping them sleep better or reducing anxiety.
Another foreign customer, Kentaro Kajima, described his purchase as a “dream come true” as he danced with a friend in front of the truck.
The Southeast Asian country, which traditionally uses cannabis to relieve pain and fatigue, legalized medical marijuana in 2018.