Despite China‘s very strict and draconian laws against cannabis possession and use, Hong Kong’s rebellious youth has been throwing caution to the wind and lighting up whenever they can. While possession of the herb can potentially lead to imprisonment for seven years and cost you over $100k in associated fines, those found actually growing the plant itself can serve up to fifteen years and will pay significantly more when it comes to their fines. Regardless of the fact that the price of getting caught is more than most are able to pay (financially or otherwise) younger generations of residents are seemingly not intimidated by their government’s efforts to outlaw marijuana.
Check out the video below for more on how cannabis culture is impacting modern Hong Kong!
While the city’s older generation clings to outdated ideas that cannabis is a dangerous drug akin to cocaine, its younger generation is opening up to cannabis culture. Even so, cannabis is so rare that many teens can smoke it at home without their parents realizing exactly what is going on. Join MERRY JANE News correspondent Christel Escosa as she talks with Hong Kong teens and expats in the city’s small but growing cannabis underground.