Mugglehead rounds up the latest thinking in China……Cannabis is the “new threat to China”
It is a dramatic change in positioning from earlier this summer, when China called Canada’s legalization a “new threat to China,” according to CNN.
In a June 17, 2019 press conference, Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission (CNNCC), said the number of Chinese who use cannabis grew by 25 per cent in 2018, rising to around 24,000 people.
And that rise of potheads means Chinese citizens are trying to smuggle cannabis into the country to get high, despite China growing more than half of the world’s weed—though most of that is hemp crops, which won’t get users ‘high.’
According to Liu, in 2018 Chinese border guards intercepted 115 packages sent through international post which contained 55 kilograms of cannabis. Most of the suspected cannabis smugglers were Chinese students who had been led astray after studying abroad, said Liu.
And while 24,000 people in a country of almost 1.4 billion may seem small, cannabis users in China risk serious punishment when they buy, sell or consume weed.
While most charges end in monetary fines or jail time, anyone caught with more than 50 grams, or 1.76 ounces, can face the death penalty. That’s just 20 grams over what you can legally walk around with in Canada, and would cost you just over $500 to buy on the Canadian market.