China to regulate all cannabinoid substances, the countrys National Narcotics Control Commission (NNCC) announced on Tuesday. This marks China the first country in the world to do so, and also shows the countrys continued efforts to crack down on new psychoactive substances, after it regulated all fentanyl-related substances in 2019.

Deng Ming, deputy head of the NNCC, said at a Tuesday press conference that China will include 18 substances, including cannabinoid substances and ketamine, in the narcotic and psychotropic drugs regulation list. Cannabinoid substances pose a severe threat to society, said the official, giving the example of Xinjiang, where abuse of such substances gives rise to incidents such as intentional injuries and drugged driving.

Compared with marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids are more addictive, cheaper and more difficult to detect, which has led to the latter taking the place of traditional drugs. Recent years have witnessed increasing cases of synthetic cannabinoid abuse.

Synthetic cannabinoids found in China are both domestically made and smuggled in from other countries, Global Times reporters learned.

Yu Haibin, a senior officer at the NNCC, said at the conference that the making and selling of cannabinoid substances have been on the rise in places such as Xinjiang. Authorities in the region have cracked down 301 such cases, arresting 390 suspects and seizing 15.75 tons of cannabinoid substances. 

Use of such substances can result in hallucinations for users, or even cause sudden death if used in excess, said Yu. 

Regulating cannabinoid substances is also in line with Chinas continuous efforts to crack down on new psychoactive substances, after it regulated all fentanyl-related substances in 2019. 

Since 2001, China has already regulated 188 new psychoactive substances, all fentanyl-related substances and cannabinoid substances.

Deng explained that due to Chinas timely legislation, strict law enforcement and international cooperation, the illegal manufacture and export of new psychoactive substances have been curtailed.

From 2015 to 2018, there were 100 new psychoactive substances detected by the countrys narcotics labs, of which 30 substances were newly found. In 2020, the number of the new psychoactive substances detected was reduced to 29, and only nine were newly found substances. 

Deng noted that regulating new psychoactive substances is an international issue, whose solution cannot rely solely on one country. 


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China to regulate all cannabinoid substances





China to regulate all cannabinoid substances, the countrys National Narcotics Control Commission (NNCC) announced on Tuesday. This marks China the first country in the world to do so, and also shows the countrys continued efforts to crack down on new psychoactive substances, after it regulated all fentanyl-related substances in 2019.

Deng Ming, deputy head of the NNCC, said at a Tuesday press conference that China will include 18 substances, including cannabinoid substances and ketamine, in the narcotic and psychotropic drugs regulation list. Cannabinoid substances pose a severe threat to society, said the official, giving the example of Xinjiang, where abuse of such substances gives rise to incidents such as intentional injuries and drugged driving.

Compared with marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids are more addictive, cheaper and more difficult to detect, which has led to the latter taking the place of traditional drugs. Recent years have witnessed increasing cases of synthetic cannabinoid abuse.

Synthetic cannabinoids found in China are both domestically made and smuggled in from other countries, Global Times reporters learned.

Yu Haibin, a senior officer at the NNCC, said at the conference that the making and selling of cannabinoid substances have been on the rise in places such as Xinjiang. Authorities in the region have cracked down 301 such cases, arresting 390 suspects and seizing 15.75 tons of cannabinoid substances. 

Use of such substances can result in hallucinations for users, or even cause sudden death if used in excess, said Yu. 

Regulating cannabinoid substances is also in line with Chinas continuous efforts to crack down on new psychoactive substances, after it regulated all fentanyl-related substances in 2019. 

Since 2001, China has already regulated 188 new psychoactive substances, all fentanyl-related substances and cannabinoid substances.

Deng explained that due to Chinas timely legislation, strict law enforcement and international cooperation, the illegal manufacture and export of new psychoactive substances have been curtailed.

From 2015 to 2018, there were 100 new psychoactive substances detected by the countrys narcotics labs, of which 30 substances were newly found. In 2020, the number of the new psychoactive substances detected was reduced to 29, and only nine were newly found substances. 

Deng noted that regulating new psychoactive substances is an international issue, whose solution cannot rely solely on one country. 


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