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MOFA warns travelers against bringing marijuana into Taiwan

2018/12/13 12:31:03

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) warned Taiwanese citizens and foreign travelers Thursday that bringing marijuana into the country is illegal.

The use of recreational cannabis or marijuana was legalized in Canada Oct. 17, making it the second country in the world after Uruguay to do so.

Given the frequent travel between Taiwan and Canada, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) warned that the use, possession and trafficking of cannabis or related products in Taiwan is strictly prohibited, with severe legal consequences.

Lee did not produce any evidence or statistics to suggest that smuggling of marijuana into Taiwan has increased since Canada's legalization of the drug.

Marijuana is listed in Taiwan as a class 2 drug along with cocaine and amphetamine, and the penalty for growing, importing or selling can be seven years to life in prison.

(By Joseph Yeh)
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