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Marijuana Legalization in N. America Leads to Jump in Drug Trafficking in S. Korea

Marijuana Legalization in N. America Leads to Jump in Drug Trafficking in S. Korea

SEOUL, May 28 (Korea Bizwire) — More travelers are attempting to bring drugs into South Korea following the legalization of marijuana in Canada and the United States, customs agency said Wednesday. The Korea Customs Service announced that there were 313 cases of drug smuggling, carried in small quantities by individuals last year, which was five [...]

S. Korea to Allow Imports of Medical Cannabis Starting in March

S. Korea to Allow Imports of Medical Cannabis Starting in March

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will allow imports of medical cannabis starting next month, health authorities said Tuesday, as part of efforts to provide more treatment options for patients with rare diseases. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said the National Assembly has passed a bill to amend a relevant law [...]

Marijuana Legalization in North America Boosts Smuggling into South Korea

Marijuana Legalization in North America Boosts Smuggling into South Korea

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – With an increasing number of states in the U.S. legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana, attempts to smuggle the illicit substance into South Korea are increasing. According to Incheon Main Customs (IMC), 181 attempts (18kg) were reported between January and July of this year, which was 2.8 times greater [...]

Lobby Group Pushes for Marijuana Legalization

Lobby Group Pushes for Marijuana Legalization

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A non-governmental advocacy group lobbying for the legalization of marijuana for medical use was officially launched yesterday. The Organization of Legalizing Medical Cannabis in Korea held its first general meeting at the An Jung-geun Memorial Hall in Seoul, formally announcing the organization’s establishment. Choi Hyeok-yong, the President of the [...]

Andong Pushes for Legalization of Hemp to Develop Bioindustries

Andong Pushes for Legalization of Hemp to Develop Bioindustries

ANDONG, Oct. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Andong is pushing for the legalization of hemp (marijuana) for medical use. It is unprecedented for a local government to push for legalization, since hemp has long been designated as an illegal drug. Andong has many places that openly cultivate hemp because it is used as [...]

High-Profile Drug Cases Evidence of a Growing Illegal Narcotics Black Market

High-Profile Drug Cases Evidence of a Growing Illegal Narcotics Black Market

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The recent bust of Gyeonggi Province governor Nam Gyeong Pil’s oldest son for illegal narcotics use has reintroduced the subject of such substances into everyday conversation. The case involving Nam’s son is preceded by the arrest of Choi Seung Hyeon, who was convicted for smoking marijuana with a young [...]

T.O.P’s Marijuana Scandal Highlights South Korea’s Strong Stance on Cannabis

T.O.P’s Marijuana Scandal Highlights South Korea’s Strong Stance on Cannabis

SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Smoking marijuana is no joke in South Korea.  Despite its growing medicinal applications and lenient approach (regardless of its legality) towards possession and consumption in more than a few countries, marijuana is treated by the Act on the Control of Narcotics as an equal alongside other, sometimes heavier, substances [...]