Whereas the medical hashish trade is booming, China stays calmly on the high
When a new industry really comes into play, it creates a paradigm shift, a changed world due to new laws, regulations, business opportunities, new sources of income and new collectors of this income. When it comes to the burgeoning global medical cannabis industry while Africa is pushing for a new paradigm shift, China is still firmly at the forefront … for now.
The idea that China is at the forefront of global industry has become a new paradigm for life in and of itself. It's a strange joke that seems to be pervading everywhere outside of China that China has everything, and whether it's technically true, it's hard to avoid the fact that an incredibly large percentage of everyday goods in wide regions of the world are now emblazoned with it "Made in China". China has cornered the market, particularly in terms of cost-effective production. This ranges from electronics to clothing to almost all household items, office items and beyond.
It is therefore not a big surprise that a material like hemp, which is almost universally applicable, is grown fairly heavily in China, and even if it is still illegal in many countries to grow it, or is only now opening its laws for it. With much of the legal cannabis market now revolving around medical cannabis and a significant amount of medicinal cannabis made from hemp by rebuilding its hemp market earlier than in other countries, China has been and remains the largest hemp producer in the world.
China is also one of the largest medical cannabis exporters. It may not be one of the markets that people generally refer to when talking about how China has everything, but when it comes to the hemp market and everything in it, China is still a massive force to be reckoned with .
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Differences in regulation
When talking about regulation, it's important to remember that there are two main types to consider when dealing with something like cannabis. The first type has to do with consumers. What can residents of a country do? and this can be broken down into different sections: actively using something, simply owning something, growing something, etc. Then there are the laws that look at the business perspective.
What can the government or approved private companies do? and this too can be broken down into components: growing something, importing something, exporting something, etc. Sometimes the laws are the same, and there is a greater synchronism between what private individuals can do and what private companies / governments can do. Sometimes there are big differences. Africa has been a hot spot for this lately. A large, red, flashing arrow points exactly to this idea. But to be honest, China has also been around for a long time.
Cannabis laws for Chinese citizens
It's illegal. It's a pretty quick and easy breakdown. Chinese cannot use, own, buy, sell, transport, grow, or give away cannabis. Not in any amount, not in any form. Not for relaxation, not medical. It is simply illegal to be caught with any kind of cannabis as a citizen of China. This feeling does not go back to some countries and only came into play around 1985, when China joined the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Before that time, law enforcement officials ignored cannabis use.
Enforcement and punishment can vary when it is determined that a person is violating these laws. Minimum fines can mean that you are detained for several days and can be fined approximately $ 140. The more severe punishments include sentences from five years to life in prison. In the most extreme cases, China uses the death penalty and will use it particularly in connection with supply crimes. While China appears to be known for this practice of using the death penalty for cannabis crime, it has not been possible to find confirmable information or figures about it.
While many countries have become more relaxed, China is one of the countries that have only become tighter and less open to cannabis use. China has made great efforts to discourage, in particular, younger generations of cannabis of all types, put a big stigma against it, and point out that consumption has actually decreased. Much like Japan, China became a little creepy in its desire to stop all citizens from trying marijuana, and even appealed to its citizens abroad in Canada to stay away from it when it was legalized there.
Kind of a mess of range, considering what that really means. When we leave one country and enter another, we leave the laws of the old and enter the laws of the new. This is how our world works. The idea of further influencing citizens who are under the jurisdiction of another country is quite an affront to the new country in question and just a strange and unnecessary (and somehow desperate) excess of power.
Commercial regulation of cannabis
Regulation of commercial cannabis is a very different story in China, and commercial hemp has been allowed to be legally grown since 2010. China is the largest hemp producer in the world and holds about half of the world's hemp growing area, much of which is in Yunnan Province. In this region, cannabis is said to be worth around $ 300 a morning, making it more profitable than even rapeseed (rapeseed oil for Americans).
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It exports this hemp along with hemp products, including CBD. CBD is cannabidiol, one of the cannabis plant's non-psychoactive cannabinoids that has been legally separated from the entire THC-containing plant in many countries to change regulation. While China has not done this to enable its own citizens to use it, it has become one of the largest exporters of CBD products to other countries.
China is not the easiest country to get statistical information, and although basic figures are sometimes published in different places, it is very difficult to get a real consensus. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, Chinese companies or individuals claim about half (306 out of 606) of current global cannabis patents. There are approximately 50 companies that have licenses to grow industrial cannabis in China, but only a handful have licenses to produce. At least two of China's 34 regions have been heavily involved in growing cannabis for CBD.
China allows the cultivation and production of cannabis for export, but has never created a medical program for the residents of its own country and maintains full illegalization on this front. This would not necessarily be a reason for additional mention, but there is a particular contradiction in this country. The tradition of Chinese medicine is probably the most famous when you think of natural medicine traditions in history that still exist today.
With herbal remedies reviving in the present, much of it is based on Chinese remedies that have been used for centuries, and this largely includes the cannabis plant. According to a study that highlighted the China Health Statistics Yearbook 2018, about 32% of medical visits to China this year were from Chinese traditional medical professionals, and that's not a small number.
The idea that cannabis would be illegal in a country that is still so closely linked to its history of natural medicine while legalizing its production and export to other countries … well, it is surely a head shaker and a sad reminder of China built his empire on slave labor welders and will likely continue to do so in the future.
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While in other countries it is easier to find information about royalties and industrial regulations and practically beg for investment, China is not. Peculiarities of this kind are not emphasized so often and there does not seem to be a boost to foreign investment in the same way. In fact, most companies that show up and get licenses seem to be for Chinese companies. And somehow that makes sense. Who wouldn't have expected China to dominate this arena? And why would they rely on outside help if they had never done it before?
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