Two Canadian citizens are home today after a recent pot bust in China. Two unnamed employees of Cavalia, an equestrian show presenter, were busted by Chinese authorities and arrested from their hotel, after consuming marijuana. Cavalia has been rather tight lipped on the situation. The company did not condemn the employees actions and in stead stated that their behavior was a matter of their own privacy. Cavalia, based out of Quebec, has been putting on equestrian shows in China since 2015.
China has a very strict drug policy, with some crimes being punishable by execution. The laws governing marijuana clearly outlaw its possession or use, however, penalties are not consistent across the country. Some receive penalties a little as 15 days in jail and a fine, other may spend years in jail for simply possessing a joint. While most of the world is looking to ease marijuana regulation as they move into the new era, China is quite content to continue prohibition, despite the human rights implications.
After the arrest, the Chinese government reached out to Canadian officials and Cavalia to inform them of the situation and to request that the company buy their employees a ticket home. Fortunately the Chinese government chose not to spark an international incident over marijuana, however, this should serve as a warning to all travelers who want to sneak a toke in a foreign country. In short, just wait till you get home.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.