Cannabis use dates back generations in Cambodia, including as herb in traditional Khmer cuisine.

I stood at a busy street corner in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The green light lit up on the signal before me, yet seemingly color-blind drivers kept zipping past me on scooters.

I started to imagine the damage a tourist might cause by actually stopping at a red light. A local couple next to me proceeded to cross the intersection one lane at a time like a game of human Frogger.

My nerves were starting to fray when an elderly Cambodian woman no taller than Tyrion Lannister took my arm.

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David Jenison ~ PasteMagazine.com ~

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