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China warns its citizens residing in Canada

Following the legalization in Canada, Chinese diplomats warn students that cannabis could be dangerous for physical and mental health ...

Chinese diplomats in Canada have sent a public letter to Chinese citizens. The latter calls on Chinese students to avoid contact with cannabis. This after Canada legalized recreational use ...

Legalization has become a hot topic among the Chinese population residing in Canada ...

The press release South China Morning Post , confirms a letter posted on the official website of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. Although the amendment of the law means that the recreational use of cannabis is now legal:

"The consulate would like to remind Chinese citizens of the consular district, especially foreign students, that in order to protect their physical and mental health, they must avoid any contact or use of marijuana."

After the legalization of the pot, Asian Canadians are culturally divided. Last week, the South Korea went further than the Chinese authorities in threatening to prosecute any citizen who may have used cannabis in Canada ...

Across America there are self-help groups for young Asian smokers ...

The letter from the Chinese consulate does not go that far. But it enumerates the precise conditions under which it is legal to consume cannabis in Canada. Recalling that the sale or possession of grass for anyone under the age of 18 is illegal. Noting, another rule, passing cannabis to customs remains totally illegal.

"Chinatown gate" in downtown Vancouver.

In addition, the possession, sale and cultivation of cannabis remains strictly prohibited in China. And this letter, unsurprisingly, warns people not to try to import Canadian cannabis.

"The regulation of marijuana could have serious consequences for foreigners living in Canada."

The change in the law has created a cultural divide between generations of Canadians of Asian descent. Although some young Chinese have welcomed the change, older immigrants have been critical. Some have turned to the Internet to express their concerns about the "dangers" posed by legal cannabis, with alarmist messages like:

"You will never imagine how many lives of Chinese people will be ruined by legalization"!

China warns its citizens residing in Canada
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