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Student arrested ‘for growing marijuana in dorm’

An overseas student has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in his dormitory and selling it, prosecutors in the Pudong New Area said.

The student was referred to by prosecutors only as H, a 25-year-old medical student from Venezuela.

H admitted buying five marijuana seeds from a foreign website, they said, and falsely claiming that the package contained credit cards so as to pass the Customs.

After he received the seeds, they added, he set up a small greenhouse in his dorm.

H planned to “enjoy his fruits” by himself, prosecutors said, but met some overseas students with the same habit, so decided to sell some to them.

Police caught H on January 30. Prosecutors said he had made 4,740 yuan (US$700) from the illegal trade.

The amount of marijuana said to have been grown by H was not revealed.

Under Chinese law, people who trade small amounts of drugs, including marijuana, face up to three years behind bars. If the crime is considered severe, they face jail terms between three and seven years. Trading a large amount can merit at least seven years.

In 2016, a university graduate was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for conspiring with a Malaysian man to grow marijuana for sale across several fields in Beijing. Police seized 71 bags of marijuana and related equipment from him.

In 2014, a university student in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province, was sentenced to three years and three months for growing marijuana at home and selling to others.

He had spent 5,000 yuan on seeds. Within a month, he had made more than 20,000 yuan profit from sales through WeChat. Police seized 400 grams of marijuana at his home.




 

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