Canada Removed Ban on Cannabis yet it is Illegal for South Koreans Living There


Even after the legalization of Marijuana in Canada, the second one after Uruguay, the South Koreans residing there are still not allowed for the drug’s intake. The Seoul government reminded about 23,000 South Korean students, residing in Canada, about the application of the domestic rules on them no matter wherever they are living.

South Korean cops have been concurrently warning their citizens for not to involve themselves in this newly removed ban. Articulating about the same, the Head of the narcotics Yoon Se-jin, said: “Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they did so in countries where smoking marijuana is legal. There won’t be an exception.”

The South Korean law is structured in such a way that its law will apply to its every citizen living in any part of the world. And hence the South Koreans are still deprived of Marijuana even after its legalization in Canada. On the violation of the law, South Koreans are subjected to a five-year-prison whenever they reach back to their homeland.

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The enforcement of the law is strictly taken care of by the South Korean government even the drug-intake is for small amounts. Their officials strive to make their country a “drug-free nation” and hence have arrested about 12,000 people in 2015 for drug intake.

Lee Chang-Hoon, a professor at the department of police administration said,“South Korea can’t screen everyone who visited a foreign country, but the police maintain a blacklist that leads to certain individuals being supervised.”

He added, “But the police are more concerned with the transportation of marijuana into South Korea, and the police messaging shows they are anxious about tackling this issue in the near future.”