The number of marijuana seizures has reached a new high. The High Prosecutor’s Office released the 111-year domestic drug situation analysis report on the 28th, providing warnings and countermeasures for marijuana abuse. The picture shows Chief Hong Peilun of the Criminal Police Department of the Police Department giving a briefing.
(Photo by reporter Liao Zhenhui)
[Reporter Qian Lizhong/Taipei Report] The Higher Prosecutor's Office held a "drug situation analysis and warning release press conference" today. The number of marijuana and drug precursors seized in the country has repeatedly hit new highs. Since 2019, 202.86 kilograms of marijuana have been seized. 1559.96 kilograms, and the number of cannabis strains also climbed from 1946 to 13,001; the High Prosecutor’s Office analyzed that the high number of marijuana abuse may be related to the legalization of marijuana in Thailand and other countries; High-dose use of marijuana will cause a significant "IQ drop";
Li Junhong said that about 9% of marijuana users are addicted. If they start using it from teenagers, the chance of addiction will increase to 17%. THC is the culprit of marijuana addiction. The higher the concentration, the higher the addictiveness, causing The possibility of hallucinations and delusions is also greater. Teenagers exposed to THC for a long time will affect their sense of space, intellectual flexibility, and cause learning impairments. It will also lead to "significant decline in IQ". The risk of disorders would increase up to 6-fold, and the damage would be irreversible.
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Li Junhong also cited foreign data and pointed out that half of marijuana smokers consider themselves safe driving, but foreign traffic accident statistics show that the risk of unsafe driving caused by smoking marijuana is 2.5 times that of ordinary driving; Intermittent symptoms, including insomnia, loss of appetite, fatigue and other behavioral or physiological symptoms, can last up to 1 month.
Prosecutor Lin Xiumin of the Higher Prosecutor’s Office said that in recent years, the amount of domestic marijuana and drug precursor raw materials seized has increased, and the source of seized drugs is mostly from abroad. Among them, the exporting country of the precursor raw materials is mainly China, accounting for 41%. Others include Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, the United States and other regions; counting only the amount of seizures last year, the pioneer raw material of the emerging drug "Meow Meow" exported from China was seized, which weighed 2,104 kilograms.
As for the poisonous problem of marijuana, Lin Xiumin said that marijuana is the most widely abused substance in the world, and marijuana is cultivated almost all over the world. At least 154 countries have notified the cultivation of marijuana. As more and more people use marijuana frequently, the harm is also increasing. In 2020, about 290 million people have used marijuana, and during the epidemic, the use of marijuana increased, and the amount of trafficking and seizures also showed an upward trend.
Regarding domestic marijuana supply, the amount of marijuana seized by the judicial police hit a new high last year. Compared with the statistics in 2019, the net weight seized last year was 7.7 times that of 2019, and the number of marijuana seized was 6.7 times; most of the sources were carried by passengers or Smuggled in consignment, courier parcels or containers; In addition, indoor or outdoor marijuana cultivation sites were also seized in the country.
Looking at the domestic demand for marijuana, the number of people using it according to the investigations of the procuratorate also increased from 207 in 2017 to 639 last year.
Lin Xiumin pointed out that the reasons for the increase in demand in the domestic marijuana market include the legalization of marijuana in some countries such as Thailand, the young people living overseas or returning to China after studying abroad, bringing the culture of using marijuana back to China, and with the help of Internet information, Accelerate the spread of the domestic marijuana market, and marijuana users are mostly white-collar workers, college students, or people with overseas living experience, and most of the drug users are in hidden places such as their own homes or entertainment venues, which are not easy to be detected.
In order to suppress marijuana crimes, Lin Xiumin also put forward 6 major countermeasures, including increasing the inspection of marijuana for all drug-related persons in the future, strengthening the investigation of marijuana cultivation and smuggling, digging down to the root of the use of black numbers, and analyzing the characteristics of marijuana transactions to strengthen intelligence search. , Require special business establishments to implement notification obligations, and formulate incentive measures for the detection and use of marijuana.
Hong Peilun, head of the Police Department, said that the number, weight, and number of cannabis plants seized in recent years have been increasing year by year. The countries that smuggle cannabis are mainly the United States and Canada, and others include the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Combining the types of smuggled drugs seized in China, marijuana accounted for the most at 48%, followed by ketamine at 27%, amphetamine at 10%, heroin at 4%, and artificial psychedelic LSD at 3%.
According to Hong Peilun’s analysis, the age group of marijuana users in China is relatively low, with 32% of the population aged 24 to 29, followed by 25% aged 18 to 23, 29% aged 30 to 39, and 13% aged 40 and above. %; in other words, the total marijuana population aged 18 to 29 accounts for 57%. Roying or amphetamines, and the highest proportion of students smoked marijuana.
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Li Junhong, a director and physician of the Taiwan Society of Addiction, appealed today that long-term high-dose use of marijuana will cause a significant "decrease in IQ" and that the people of the country should stay away from the harm of marijuana.
(Photo by reporter Qian Lizhong)