Cannabis is a “New Threat to China” says Chinese Official
Legalization of cannabis in Canada and parts of the US is a “new threat to China”. That’s according to the deputy director of China’s drug enforcement department. Liu Yuejin made the comment during a press conference in Beijing.
He went on to say that the number of cannabis users in China grew by 25% in 2018. That puts the total number, according to the government, at 25,000 in a country of 1.3 billion people.
“In two years, we have found increasing cannabis trafficked from North America to China,” he said, though he conceded there were “few cannabis abusers in China” relative to the total population. […]
So, Beijing thinks cannabis is a new threat to China because they intercepted 115 packages sent through international postal parcels, containing a total of “55 kilograms (121 lbs.) of cannabis and cannabis products” in 2018.
It is interesting that all of this information is being shared by China at a time when the US is pressuring China to stop the flow of illegal fentanyl to the US. Overdose deaths from fentanyl and other opioids are skyrocketing.
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