marijuana to other foreign students in campus.
An investigation found that he had smuggled a total of 1,800 grams of marijuana.
“Solving the case cut the black chain of drugs spreading into campuses and makes it clear that drugs cannot exist in China,” an official from the Suzhou procuratorate said, China Youth Daily reported.
Many Chinese students studying abroad admitted that they had experienced the drugs in one way or another.
“Newcomers are more curious. They would usually buy a marijuana cake together and each takes a bite,” Haozi (pseudonym), an engineering student from China studying in the Netherlands, told the Global Times.
The Netherlands is famous for its legal marijuana products. Haozi said it is very easy to obtain marijuana in “coffee shops” that can be found on many streets. “At parties, you can see schoolmates or friends from other countries taking marijuana,” she said.
“However, most Chinese students are very cautious about drugs,” she noted.
“Overseas students should value their lives and stay away from drugs,” Guo said, noting that the Chinese government has stepped up drug control efforts.
“Any individual has to abide by the laws of the country they are in, whether they are exchange students, foreign teachers or returned students. Becoming addicted to drugs while studying in a country where drugs are legal cannot be a reason for exemption,” Cai Daotong, director of the Law School of Nanjing Normal University,
China’s National Narcotics Control Commission said in its 2018 drug situation report that drug smuggling from North America to China has seen an obvious increase since Canada and a number of US states legalized marijuana.
Li Zhipeng, a lawyer with Beijing Deheng Law Offices’ Guangzhou Branch, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the methods used in smuggling marijuana are becoming more advanced, with layers of packaging making parcels appear legitimate.
“Among overseas Chinese students, there could be a misunderstanding. Even if recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Canada, it does not mean smoking marijuana is acceptable. These students need to bear in mind their goals in foreign countries. They are there to learn the essence and discard the dross,” Li said.
Overseas students need to be aware of China’s policy of combating drug crimes. In China, marijuana is still regulated, and any drug trafficking leads to criminal responsibility, Li Warned.
“A database with shared information on people who are more likely to take drugs, including foreign teachers and overseas students, should be created, to strengthen control and enable investigation,” a member of staff with Zhangjiagang procuratorate, was quoted by the China Youth Daily as saying.
Fan Guomin, a lawyer with Jiangsu Nova Law Firm, believes that detailed elaboration on laws on drugs should be provided. For students who return with a drug addiction, governmental departments need to create an identification mechanism for intervention in a timely manner, such as compulsory detoxification, Fan noted. Scan to read and share story on your phone
Top: Police in Changchun, capital of Northeast China’s Jilin Province, publicly destroyed more than 1 ton of marijuana on June 26, 2015.