Some international students warned against cannabis use

by | Nov 15, 2018 | News

Zainab Zaman

News Reporter

International students who smoke legal weed in Canada can possibly face charges in their home countries.

Marijuana users in Canada celebrate the legalization of the green plant, but many foreign governments are not as excited. Countries like China, Japan and South Korea are reminding their citizens to avoid lighting up when overseas.

The South Korean embassy in Canada released a statement on Twitter a day before the legalization of marijuana, advising its citizens not to smoke weed while visiting Canada.

“Even if you are in a legal cannabis area, you will be penalized for committing a criminal offence,” they said. The Canadian Bureau for International Education released a 2017 infographic that showed 24,726 Koreans with student visas are living in Canada.

“As an international student living abroad, I still have to respect my home country’s rules, but if I really want to smoke weed in Canada, I would,” said Ahrang Kim, a media studies international student from South Korea.

The Chinese consulate in Toronto released a statement reminding Chinese students “to avoid contact with and use of marijuana for the sake of ensuring your own physical and mental health.”

The Korean police are planning a meeting in Canada with Korean students and residents to talk about the dangers of smoking marijuana.

The use of cannabis for personal and recreational use is now legal in Canada.

However, with that comes new rules and regulations, surrounding impaired driving. The new rules mean penalties that could lead to the deportation of international students and tourists from Canada or up to 14 years in jail.

Surprisingly, Humber students have been following the rules of not smoking cannabis on campus. “

We haven’t noticed any notable difference in the use of cannabis on campus, people are being more respectful and alert,” said Rob Kilfoyle, the director of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

Humber will be going smokefree in January however, with the banning of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and cannabis.

“[If] students comply with the rules, we get any trouble,” Kilfoyle said.

“Being impaired by marijuana is against the law, we advise people to not come to class high because it impairs their ability to do their best,” Kilfoyle said. “Follow the rules when you’re in here Canada at least.”