South Korean citizens living in Canada have received a new warning from police in their home country to stay away from pot or else they could face criminal charges at home.
The warning came earlier this week from Yoon Se-jin, head of the narcotics crime investigation division at Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency, who said violators could face up to five years in prison, the Korea Times reported.
“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,” Yoon said, according to the Korea Times. . .
About 23,000 South Korean students are living in Canada, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs data, the Korean Times reported. . .
“South Korea can’t screen everyone who visited a foreign country, but the police maintain a blacklist that leads to certain individuals being supervised,” Lee Chang-Hoon, a professor in the department of police administration at Hannam University in Daejeon, said. (Read more from “S. Korean Police Warn Korean Citizens in Canada to Stay Away From Pot or Face Criminal Charges” HERE)