Marijuana and Vietnam

Fri, 2 Aug 1996 12:39:52 -0400

Reading McCoy's _Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia_ got me
thinking about marijuana and Vietnam. Do any of you have comments
on things like:

Did the Vietnamese inhale before the Americans got there?
Seems like there wasn't much social stigma attached to dealing
marijuana to the Americans. What were the GVN's laws relative
to marijuana? How did Vietnamese meet the demand caused by the
American military market?

A Vietnam vet once told me he found marijuana in the knapsack
of a dead NVA at Khe Sanh. I find references to ARVNs smoking
marijuana during the war.

A person could buy marijuana in Vietnam in 1993.

Thanks in advance for any comments on this subject.

Peter Brush