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China is fueling its own marijuana problem

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China has become one of the world’s largest cannabis markets, but Chinese authorities are blaming Canada for fueling a massive influx of illegal imported weed.

Published   |  Photo by AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
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The accusations have come around in a busy year for Canada, which this year became just the second nation to fully legalize pot.

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Marijuana use remains illegal in China, but more than 50% of cannabis-related patents registered with the UN are held by Chinese companies.

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The cost of an ounce of marijuana on the dark web

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China also dominates the market for weed’s cousin crop, industrial hemp—legalized in 2016 after years of regulation—which rakes in far more profit for farms than food-related crops.

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But China’s attitude on weed remains at odds with the US and Canada. Marijuana use in China is extremely risky, while various police raids maintain a staunch opposition to the larger drug market.

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Investors have been preparing for cannabis legalization for years

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