China blames marijuana legalization in Canada and parts of the US for a 25 percent increase in cannabis use in the country
- China National Narcotics Control Commission Deputy Director Liu Yuejin called legalization of marijuana a & # 39; new threat to China & # 39; during a press conference Monday
- Yuejin said that cannabis use in China increased by more than 25 percent in 2018
- He speculated that foreign students and Chinese citizens who study or work in North America bring drugs into the country
- China has tightened its drug restrictions in recent years because many countries in North America are losing theirs
The leading body responsible for the enforcement of Chinese drug control accuses the legalization of marijuana in Canada and parts of the US for a peak in the amount of drugs smuggled into China.
Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, spoke at a press conference in Beijing on Monday about the & # 39; new threat to China & # 39 ;. This shows that the number of cannabis users in the country increased by more than 25 percent last year.
& # 39; In two years, we have found that more and more cannabis is being traded from North America to China, & # 39; said Liu according to CNN. He admitted that China & # 39; few cannabis addicts & # 39; relative to the total population.
Liu said that in 2018 115 packages seized on the way to the country contained a total of & # 39; 55 kilograms of cannabis and cannabis products & # 39 ;.
He speculated that most people associated with those packages were foreign students or students who had worked abroad, but did not specify how many came from North America.
Beijing's leading anti-drug control body has blamed the legalization of marijuana in Canada and parts of the US for a peak in the amount of drugs smuggled into China (file photo)
China imposes severe penalties on people, including foreigners, who are caught smuggling drugs into the country.
Possession of more than 50 grams of controlled substance is punishable by the death penalty.
China has tightened its drug restrictions in recent years because many countries in North America are losing theirs.
Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalize marijuana in October 2018.
In 10 American states it is legal to buy and own marijuana, while most others decriminalize or legalize the substance.
Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, spoke on Monday at a press conference in Beijing about the & # 39; new threat to China & # 39;
While Chinese officials are struggling to reduce the amount of marijuana that crosses its borders, American officials have been trying for years to go to Beijing to fight the country's production of fentanyl.
President Donald Trump has previously blamed China for the devastating opioid crisis in America, claiming in August 2018 that fentanyl, a deadly prescribed drug, flowed 50-100 times more powerfully than morphine in the US postal system.
The Chinese government announced a harsh act against fentanyl in April in what was believed to be an attempt to de-escalate tensions with the US.
Relations between Washington DC and China have since seriously deteriorated. In early May, President Trump accused Beijing of renouncing commitments that brought the world's top two economies close to a deal to end their nearly one-year trade war.
On Monday, the US trade representative's office held the first of seven hearings on President Trump's plan to pay another $ 300 billion in Chinese imports with 25 percent rates.
A large number of American companies told a panel of USTR trade officials, the Commerce Department and other federal agencies in Washington that they have few alternatives to China for producing clothing, electronics, and other consumer goods.
Sourcing from other countries will increase costs, in many cases more than the 25 percent rates, some witnesses told the panel.
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