Growing Cannabis Seizures in ‘Drug-Free’ South Korea

Authorities in South Korea have long boasted that the country is “drug free,” but that fiction is getting harder to maintain.

On Thursday, Korea JoongAang Daily reported that the amount of drugs seized by customs agents in the Republic of Korea jumped significantly in the first half this year. The Customs Service said it seized 27.5 kilograms (60.6 pounds) of drugs worth 41.3 billion won ($35.9 million) in the first six months of 2017.

This represents a jump of 1.6 times over the same period last year.

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Does North Korea Have a More Tolerant Pot Policy than South Korea?

Well, absolutely not, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, based on a cursory review of recent headlines.

Although it hasn’t made much of splash stateside, the big news in South Korea this week is the “marijuana scandal” surrounding a singer from the suggestively named K-pop boy-band Big Bang, who goes by the stage-name T.O.P.

He could face five years in the slammer after a hair follicle test by the Seoul Metropolitan Police yielded positive results for cannabis. He was fingered for the test after a young woman busted for “liquid marijuana” (presumably some kind of extract) named him as the supplier, according to Korea Portal.

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