While Canada seems to get public eyes as the first country to legalize marijuana, China may have became a secret competitor.
Based on South China Morning Post's reports, China's farmers produce half of the world's cannabis. The country's government has been interested in use of hemp in herbal remedies such as clothing. Most growers grow in the country harvest large amounts of hemp for use in textiles and pharmaceutics companies.
The China's hemp growth comes at the same time as Canada supplying medical cannabis to countries like Germany and Australia.
China is moving to patent its way into the international cannabis market.
According to UN patent data, China holds more than half of the 600 international cannabis patents that have been filed.
The biggest problem for China at the moment is that cannabis is illegal in the country. Drugs laws are very heavy in China. Trafficking, smuggling or growing marijuana could be a result in 15 years in prison or even death penalty, depending on the amount according to China's Law on Public Security Administration Punishments.
China could be waiting to take advantage as more countries are legalizing weed. China has history with cannabis such as criminalizing and making cannabis illegal in 1985 when the government signed the United Nation treaty to control psychoactive drugs.
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