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  • Post Time Posted October 24, 2018
The South Korean Embassy in Canada sent out a stern warning on Twitter to its citizens in the country regarding the legalization of cannabis this month. 

“Even if South Koreans are in a region where marijuana is legal, it will be illegal for them to consume it,” they warned. “Please take care not to commit an illegal act and be punished.”
South Koreans are subject to their country’s criminal code no matter where in the world they are, and a cannabis ban there has been strongly enforced since 1970. 

Prosecutors frequently indict returning citizens who use cannabis overseas and pop singers and television celebrities caught smoking are often front page news, sometimes resulting in bans from performing as additional punishments. 

It is rare for South Korean authorities to randomly test returning citizens, however they keep a close watch of those who have been caught with marijuana in the past. They also occasionally catch people who talk about cannabis use online. 

Under the country’s narcotics laws, growing, possessing, transporting or consuming marijuana is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to 50 million won, or about US$44,000.
Currently there are about 293,000 South Koreans in Canada, 23,000 of which are students. 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/world/asia/cannabis-canada-south-korea.html

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