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South Korea Court Sentences Man to Prison for Marijuana Cooking

South Korea Court Sentences Man to Prison for Marijuana Cooking; Raises Concerns Over ‘Narcotics’ Dish Naming.



South Korea Court Sentences Man to Prison for Marijuana Cooking; Raises Concerns Over ‘Narcotics’ Dish Naming.

On Dec 10, Korean Criminal Collegiate of the Western District Court in Seoul, presided over by Judge Pe Song-jun, sentenced a 29-year-old man to two years and six months in prison on the charge of violating the Narcotics Control Act. Additionally, the court ordered him to undergo 40 hours of social reintegration education for drug-dependent patients.

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The man was accused of obtaining marijuana seeds in January of last year and cultivating them at his home until May of this year. He allegedly dried the marijuana and smoked it himself, and further suspicions arose that he consumed it by incorporating it into food on 11 occasions. According to the court verdict, during the interrogation, the man admitted to cooking dishes using marijuana, such as “John” (a dish where flour and beaten eggs are thinly spread on meat, fish, vegetables, etc., and cooked in oil), and he mentioned consuming it with salad, pickles, tea, meat, and wrapping it in vegetables like lettuce.

Although the man denied the allegations during the trial, stating that he had never ingested marijuana, the judge did not accept his defense. The judge pointed out that during the investigation, the defendant stated, “I referred to cooking methods introduced in (overseas) marijuana cooking contests.” The judge emphasized, “There seemed to be sufficient inducement and motivation for ingesting marijuana through various methods, not just smoking.”

This isn’t the man’s first offense under the Narcotics Control Act. From March 2018 to August 2019, he acquired a total of 121.3 grams of marijuana on 45 occasions and received a suspended sentence of one year in prison with a probation period of two years in August of last year for smoking it once. However, in this case, he was found to have incorporated the marijuana he cultivated during the probation period into his cooking.

Following the reporting of this incident, concerns have been raised online about the sale of dishes with the term “narcotics” in their names.

Professor Lee Bom-jin, of the College of Pharmacy and Director of the Drug Control Research Institute at Asia University, commented that using the term “narcotics” in the name of a dish as a trademark falls within the realm of autonomy.

However, due to the significant harmful aspects to society, he emphasized the need for regulation. He stated, “Using the term ‘narcotics’ to describe a substance that can have fatal consequences for humans, especially if expressed as ‘consumable ingredients,’ should be refrained from, as it can particularly lower the vigilance of young people.”


Is it legal to put marijuna in food in United states ?

In the United States, the use and possession of cannabis is illegal under federal law by way of the Controlled Substances Act of 19701.

However, food companies that wish to use cannabis or cannabis-derived ingredients in their foods are subject to the relevant laws and regulations that govern all food products, including those that relate to the safety and labeling of food products2.

Please note that the legality of cannabis and cannabis-derived products varies by state.

You can find more information on the legality of cannabis in your state by visiting the following website: 3.

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South Korea Court Sentences Man to Prison for Marijuana Cooking; Raises Concerns Over ‘Narcotics’ Dish Naming.

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