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Thailand: Legal uncertainty dampens thriving weed businesses

Opponents of Thailand's marijuana bill are calling for the plant to be re-criminalized amid concerns over growing recreational use. The bill has also triggered a lucrative new industry from Bangkok to Pattaya.

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