More foreign nationals residing, working, studying and visiting weed-legal Canada are receiving warnings from their home countries to avoid cannabis at all costs. So far, consulates and embassies have issued a range of warnings to their country’s citizens abroad. And while several seem simply to be urging caution and an awareness of Canada’s cannabis laws, other foreign offices are warning overseas citizens that possessing and consuming legal cannabis in Canada still amounts to a criminal liability back home. Those countries are warning their citizens not to smoke weed in Canada.
Japan and South Korea Threaten Legal Action Against Nationals Who Smoke Weed in Canada
In the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of the October 17 implementation of Canada’s Cannabis Act, foreign offices representing Mexico, the U.K., Germany, China, Japan, South Korea, France, and Malaysia have all issued statements regarding the legalization of cannabis. But so far, only Japan and South Korea are warning their nationals abroad not to smoke weed in Canada due to the possibility of legal repercussions when they return home.
Since the late 1950s, South Korea has taken a strict prohibitionist stance against cannabis, outlawing both adult and medical use. The country’s most recent