China Is Blaming Canada For Its Cannabis Problem But Is Producing 50% Of The World’s Supply
China is blaming Canada for importing large amounts of marijuana illegally into the country. China, however, produces 50% of the world’s supply of cannabis, largely non-psychotropic varieties used for hemp production. China also boasts most of the world’s cannabis-related patents. It also produces a significant, although generally unknown, amount of cannabis for drug use, although this is illegal in the country. Under current Chinese law, smugglers, traffickers, transporters, and manufacturers of narcotics are “sentenced to either 15 years of prison, life imprisonment or death, and suffer confiscation of property.” While these penalties are exceedingly steep, production and use appears to be increasing steadily.