Rare photos of North Korea’s weed smoking culture

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Travel writer Darmon Richter discovered something he never expected on his trip to North Korea. The northern region of Rason is not the guarded North Korea you’re used to. As a Special Economic Zone, Rason is open for foreign business and tourism—mostly from China and Russia—and it’s one of the few places where the lines between the country’s reportedly strict drug laws are blurred. When travel writer Darmon Richter visited Rason in 2013, he recorded his trip so that friends and loved ones back home could keep track of him. But when he stumbled upon a mountain of marijuana in a local market, the Bohemian Blog’s readership exploded and international debate over the legality of marijuana in North Korea followed. It’s hardly a secret that tourists who visit the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) are watched closely. Rare photos of North Korea’s weed smoking culture

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