Colorado Pot Legalization Won't Affect Korea

Both Americans and foreign tourists are flocking to Colorado after it recently became the first U.S. state to sell marijuana for recreational purposes. But Korean nationals should be wary.

In Korea, it is illegal to smoke marijuana and users can face up to 30 years behind bars for the offense, even if they consumed it in other countries where doing so is legal.

The Korean Association Against Drug Abuse said those who consume the drug can be charged with criminal offenses upon returning to Korea.

Some studies have shown that marijuana is addictive and can pose health risks when used repeatedly over a long period of time.

Arirang News / Jan. 06, 2014 11:27 KST