Chinese drug enforcement authorities believe that the legalization of cannabis in Canada and parts of the United States has led to an increase in marijuana smuggling into the country and poses a “new threat to China,” according to a report from CNN. Liu Yuejin, the deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said in a press conference in Beijing on Monday that the country of nearly 1.4 billion people now has 24,000 cannabis users, a figure that spiked 25 percent in 2018. Liu acknowledged that there are “few cannabis users” in relation to the total population.
“In two years, we have found increasing cannabis trafficked from North America to China,” he said.
Liu reported that China had intercepted 115 packages containing cannabis that had been sent to the country through international postal services in 2018. The parcels contained a total of “55 kilograms (1940 ounces) of cannabis and cannabis products.” Liu did not specify how many of the packages had been sent from Canada and the United States.
Most of the individuals suspected of being connected to the smuggled packages were either foreign students or Chinese nationals who had returned to the country after studying abroad, according to