China’s drug enforcement agency called legalization in the U.S. and Canada, “a new threat to China.” The deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission said the number of cannabis users had grown more than 25% in 2018.

  • The estimated number of cannabis users in China is 24,000, tiny compared to the country’s population of more than 1B.
  • China estimates that much of the cannabis coming into the country is mailed by students and workers living abroad.
  • Anyone found with 50g (1.75 oz) of a controlled substance in China can face the death penalty.
  • Despite China’s draconian THC policy, the country is considered a “hemp superpower.
    South China Morning Post
  • Earlier this month, archaologists announced evidence of mourners using cannabis at a funeral in western China 2,500 years ago. It’s said to be the oldest known example of cannabis as an intoxicant.
  • The plant evolved 28M years ago on the Tibetan plateau, according to a recent pollan study.