At a press conference in Beijing on Monday, Liu Yuejin, deputy director of the National Narcotics Control Commission in China, said that the number of cannabis users in China increased by more than 25% in 2018 and increased to around 24,000 people ,  "In two years, we have seen increasing cannabis trade from North America to China, though he admitted that there were" few cannabis users in China relative to the total population. "
According to Liu, China has 115 parcels sent through international postal parcels They contained a total of "55 kilograms of cannabis and cannabis products" in 2018.
Liu said that most of the suspects in connection with the seized packages were foreign students or students who had come home after working abroad. He said that most of the drugs had been shipped by international express delivery, and Liu did not state how many of the packages came from North America.
China severely punished Those who caught in smuggling or drug trafficking, including foreigners. Anyone who is found with more than 50 grams of a controlled substance can expect the death penalty.
China has intensified its efforts to combat the sale of illegal drugs in recent years. Authorities in major cities, such as Beijing, are known to conduct drug testing in bars and nightclubs to curb drug use in their free time.
This move is at odds with North America, where cannabis has increased social acceptance.
Cannabis is not the only drug that has caused divisions between the US and the US China. For years, Washington has been trying to get Beijing to stop producing and distributing fentanyl, a deadly prescription drug that destroys parts of the United States.
The Chinese government announced in April that it was fighting fentanyl-related substances, which was seen as a concession to the Trump administration, which had been strongly in favor of stronger enforcement.