Thailand’s marijuana festival has visitors on a high

A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue — one of many flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical marijuana boom.

Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes last year, joining a growing list of governments including Canada, Australia, Israel and more than half the U.S. states.

The global market is forecast to reach tens of billions of dollars in under a decade, but slow-moving implementation of the Thai law has lagged behind a wave of local enthusiasm.

A political party has endorsed the plant’s benefits while marijuana-themed conferences and panels have sprung up across Thailand, with the three-day festival in Buriram town being the latest showcase for the drug’s uses.

The “Pan Buriram” (Buriram Strain) festival, ending Sunday, is

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