Cannabis is fast becoming the world’s newest cash crop. In southwest China’s Yunnan province, farmers make more money growing and selling the plant than they can from more common crops like corn or wheat. But growing weed in China is not as simple as planting seeds in the ground.
Many places in the world are becoming more tolerant of the drug, and in some US states and Canada, recreational use is now legal. That is far from the case in China, where drugs are heavily stigmatized, and trafficking marijuana can lead to a death sentence.
This story was originally published on November 20, 2019.
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