456 KG: Biggest marijuana smuggling bust in Taiwan’s history

Police and customs officials intercepted a 456 kilogram haul of marijuana hidden in a shipment of wood pellets imported from Canada earlier this year, it was revealed at a press conference today, following a 6-month-long investigation, and the arrest of six men suspect to be involved in the operation. Officers of the National Police Agency Third Special Police Corps in cooperation with the Keelung Customs Bureau and Bali Customs Inspection Station inspected a shipment of multi-purpose wood pellets imported from

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Law amended to reduce penalty for growing marijuana for own use

Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed the third reading of a bill today, approving amendments to the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act to reduce sentences for growing small amounts of cannabis for self use. Under the current law, the manufacture of drugs, including cultivating marijuana, carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. However, recent judgements have interpreted this as being not commensurate with the principle of proportionality when it comes to small amounts grown by an individual for personal use. As

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Police student sentenced to 5-year prison term for importing marijuana

A student of Taiwan’s Central Police University who was expelled and charged for importing marijuana by mail was handed a 5-year prison term by the Taoyuan District Court, today, January 27. According to an investigation by the Taoyuan District Prosecutor’s Office, the 20-year-old man, named Hsu, in collusion with a person identified only with the nickname “Duck,” conspired to import 200 grams of marijuana with the delivery address being Hsu’s home in Taoyuan District. On August 5, Taipei Customs officers

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Student expelled from police university over marijuana import case

A student of the Central Police University has been expelled, and is currently in detention after facing charges over the import of cannabis earlier this year. According to reports today, November 25, the 20-year-old man, named Hsu, was arrested after taking delivery of a package of marijuana that had been identified by customs officers at Taoyuan International Airport. The package had been sent from Canada. On August 12, officers from the Taoyuan City Police Department disguised themselves as couriers and

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World champ e-sports player arrested for MARIJUANA!!!

An e-sports player who represented Taiwan’s 2012 winning team in the Season 2 World Championship of League of Legends has been arrested and charged for trafficking marijuana, according to reports today, September 29. Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, a native of Hong Kong better known by his in-game moniker Toyz, was arrested after a search of his home earlier today. The Chief Prosecutor of the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office said that police conducted a search of the 29-year-old’s residence in Taipei after

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Pro-cannabis legalization groups to hold “Marijuana Parade” in Taipei City tomorrow

Cannabis legalization advocacy groups will assemble for a parade in Taipei City tomorrow, Saturday, April 17, and police announced relevant traffic control measures today, appealing to the public to cooperate with traffic control. It is the third annual marijuana parade since the first was held in 2019. “The Green Wave” and other civil groups advocating the legalization of cannabis will gather in front of Taiwan’s parliamentary building, the Legislative Yuan, on the corner of Zhongshan South Road and Jinan Road.

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Taiwanese-American Cannabis ventures fear asking help from Taiwanese community

As the legal cannabis business in the United States expands into what may be a US$34 billion dollar industry by 2025, according to some estimates, Taiwanese-American cannabis ventures face a unique hurdle – fear of asking for help from the Taiwanese community. James Shih, an experienced attorney, CEO, and co-founder of California-based My Green Network (MyGN) reached out to Taiwan English News to talk about the problem. Shih, fellow co-founder and Chief Legal Officer, Ken Hwang, a seasoned entertainment and

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Woman not charged for importing hemp seed oil: Doctor prescribed it

Prosecutors cleared a woman suspected of drug trafficking after receiving hemp seed oil sent by her daughter from the USA, because she had been legally prescribed CBD by her doctor. According to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News, customs officials intercepted a package containing two bottles of hemp seed oil, leading to an investigation by the Customs Investigation Bureau, who believed that importing the substance violated the law, as it was a marijuana extract. However, prosecutor’s found that

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Man busted for drugs protests: search warrant is for guns only

A suspect found in possession of amphetamines, and cultivating marijuana, protested to police because the search warrant was issued to search for firearms, according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. Police in Shulin District, New Taipei City were tipped off several days ago that Mr Lin, 44, was modifying and selling firearms. A search warrant was executed on March 26, and police duly searched Lin’s residence. As police entered Lin’s residence, Lin called out to a family

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Cannabis compressed as “tea cake” intercepted at Taoyuan International Airport

A Canadian citizen was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport after customs officials found 20 kilograms of marijuana in his checked baggage, police revealed at a press conference today, January 9. The 40-year-old Chinese Canadian man named Wei (危), was arrested at around 5:00 am, December 28, after an x-ray examination of his luggage raised the suspicions of customs officers. Officers took Wei and his baggage to an examination room where they opened the luggage. The officers found 20 round

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Canadian man arrested attempting to import more than 30kg cannabis at Taoyuan International Airport

A Canadian national was arrested at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport October 30 after being found in possession of more than 30 kilograms of marijuana stored in two suitcases, it was revealed at a press conference today. The suspect, who has not been named in media reports, was intercepted at 5:00am October 30 after an x-ray search of checked baggage from an Eva Air flight arriving from Toronto at terminal 2 raised customs officers’ suspicions. After the suspect, described as being

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