Article by Jon Lockett, The Scottish Sun
Chinese tourists to neighbouring North Korea are buying bargain bags of marijuana in massive quantities, sources inside the rogue state reveal.
Since cannabis cultivation is completely legal in Kim Jong-un’s fiefdom selling yeoksam, as it’s called locally, has become an easy way for poor farmers to earn decent money.
And the border town of Rason – in North Korea’s special economic zone – has become the epicentre for a trade which sees pot sold for as little as £3 a KILO.
“People in Rason buy the large quantities of buds of yeoksam from residents and pay 30 yuan (£3) per kilogram,” a source told RFA’s Korean Service.
It is then sold on to the Chinese at a profit.
Rason is a port in the northeastern part of North Hamgyong province bordering China and Russia.
Visitors must obtain a special visa to enter the area from officials assigned to the zone by central government authorities in the capital Pyongyang.