Long-time cannabis advocate Kitty Chopaka, founder of Chopaka, a Bangkok-based company that specializes in cannabis terpene gummies, has bigger concerns, including the importation of cannabis products produced for the underground market that are compromising the fledgling local industry.
“It’s also more likely that human rights get violated within the production of the illicit market,” she says. Visitors, she adds, can be part of the solution. “As a consumer coming into our space, you can help us by asking where the flowers come from—are they Thai? Because if you don’t support us, the industry will go away.”
Rival political parties in Thailand are already warning of the dangers of unregulated cannabis, and threatening to recriminalize it, or at least restrict it to medical use, if they take power. Following the explosion of the cannabis industry during the past year, hitting the rewind button won’t be easy. Yet not so long ago, decriminalization seemed similarly unlikely. How long the high times continue in Thailand is now anybody’s guess.