The Voice of America (VOA) Chinese site posted an article on December 28 alleging that although dama, or marijuana, is a taboo word in China's society, the plant is not.
VOA cited a report by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post in August 2017 claiming the central government secretly approved a hemp plantation in Northeast China's Heilongjiang and Southwest China's Yunnan provinces.
"These areas account for about half of the world's legal commercial cropland under hemp cannabis cultivation," the report said.
对此，1月4日，公安部禁毒情报技术中心毒品实验室（National Narcotic Control Commission's National Narcotics Laboratory）副处长花镇东博士接受了《环球时报》Global Times记者的采访。
The cultivation of industrial hemp in China falls under extremely strict supervision and "has nothing to do with global drug abuse," Hua Zhendong, technical director of the National Narcotic Control Commission's National Narcotics Laboratory, said during an exclusive interview with the Global Times on Sunday.
Via Global Times
China's number of people using marijuana remains at a low level compared to that in Europe and the North America, but it is expanding over recent years under the impact of the legalization of the illicit drug on foreign soil.
And the number of marijuana smuggling case, especially from the North America has witnessed a constant up, according to the commission.
Before 2012, the drug smuggling case from North America regions busted by the China's custom authorities is less than 10 every year, but the number picked up in 2013 and reached 124 in 2017 and first 11 months in 2018, another 97 cases were busted.