RACKDOWN

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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.

Not un­com­mon

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

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Top: Po­lice in Changchun, cap­i­tal of North­east China’s Jilin Prov­ince, pub­licly de­stroyed more than 1 ton of mar­i­juana on June 26, 2015.

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