South Korea Threatens Legal Action Against Nationals Who Smoke Pot Abroad
Cannabis tourism is already big business in U.S. states where weed is legal for adults. And in Canada, which on October 17 became the first G7 nation and just the second country in the world to legalize adult-use cannabis, officials expect the opening of retail markets to attract a slew of new visitors eager to enjoy Canada’s newly legal amenities. But for residents and travelers from South Korea, Canada’s historic legalization and the expansion of non-medical access in the United States might as well have not happened at all. And that’s because, for South Korean nationals, there’s nowhere on Earth where weed is legal.
For South Koreans, Their Country’s Pot Ban Spans The Globe
Since at least 1957, South Korea has taken a strong, prohibitionist stance against cannabis. Today, no form of cannabis use is legal there, including medical. South Korea does have a thriving industrial hemp market, however, one with roots dating back to 3000 BCE. But today, the country’s Cannabis Control Act, passed in 1976 by the military dictator President Park Chung-hee, remains not only the law of the land, but of the entire world—for South Korean nationals, at least. And after Canada’s Cannabis Act come into effect last