China Calls Marijuana Legalization a ‘Threat’

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China Calls Marijuana Legalization a ‘Threat’

Canada legalized marijuana last year and the drug is legal in 10 U.S. states.

By Claire Hansen, Staff Writer June 17, 2019

China's drug enforcement body called the legalization of marijuana in Canada and some U.S. states a "new threat to China," blaming it for an uptick in the quantity of drugs smuggled into the country.

"In two years, we have found increasing cannabis trafficked from North America to China," Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said Monday at a press conference, according to CNN.
6though he acknowledged that the number is relatively small compared to China's population.

Liu also said China intercepted 115 packages in international mail containing 121 pounds of marijuana or marijuana products, according to CNN. Most of the people suspected of being connected with the packages were foreign students or students who returned home after studying abroad, Liu said, but he did not say how many of the packages came from Canada or the U.S.

Canada last year became the second country to fully legalize marijuana. In the U.S., marijuana is currently legal for recreational use in 10 states. An eleventh state – Illinois – recently passed a legalization bill that will take effect next year. More than 30 U.S. states have medical marijuana programs.

China enforces severe penalties on those caught trafficking or smuggling drugs in the country. Any person found with more than 50 grams of a controlled substance can face the death penalty, CNN notes.

However, the U.S. has for years attempted to get China to clamp down on the production and distribution of fentanyl, a powerful prescription opioid that has been integral to the U.S.'s opioid epidemic.

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