It seems the rest of the world is also celebrating Canada’s recent legalization for recreational marijuana use. Who wouldn’t though? Marijuana seems to be becoming the next liquor when it comes to cultural acceptance where after being banned for a long time, suddenly gets accepted as a norm. However, this might take a while, particularly in some countries like South Korea which has vowed to arrest any of its nationals who smoke weed in Canada.
While that may be a move akin to a very strict parent who wants their children to follow their rules outside the house, apparently that is how South Korean law is built. So tough luck for any South Koreans in Canada because their home country is not cutting them any slack. At the moment there are around 23,000 South Korean exchange students in Canada, apart from the tourists on vacation.
“Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they did so in countries where smoking marijuana is legal. There won’t be an exception,” said Yoon Se-jin, head of the narcotics crime investigation division in a South Korean province. Details remain er, smoky on how exactly authorities plan to arrest South Koreans who come back from Canada and tried marijuana since they cannot screen them.
However, the police seem to have a blacklist of certain individuals which they will supervise upon visiting Canada or another country with legalized recreational marijuana use. Regardless of how they plan to execute their law, South Korean seems keen on maintaining their image of a “drug-free nation.” So there, no space cakes for South Koreans, unfortunately.