Posts Tagged ‘DPRK’

North Korean soldier smoking pot. Presumably.

For reasons that should be obvious, the UN doesn’t have statistics about marijuana consumption in No. Kor. We do know, however, that weed is totally legal. As Russ Belville mentioned in a comment on this thing I wrote — yeah, brah, I saw it — weed literally just grows on street corners in North Korea. And everyone smokes it. Whereas South Koreans can get seriously fucked for smoking weed even if they’re not in the country when they smoke it. It’s a weird weed world.

The comment mentioned above:

Russ Belville ·  Top Commenter · Boise State University · 204 subscribers

And yet North Korea… completely legal and unregulated. It grows along the sides of the road. People smoking in public are common. · August 29 at 1:20pm

Learning of this pleases me.

I got this via Facebook in a post from High Times magazine. The post that the picture and caption are from is about the five highest countries in the world, based on UN data for consumption within the population. Read it here if you care to,

North Korea received an Honorable Mention as Number 6.

The link in the caption and comment are from a post about the five worst countries to get caught in.

Why does this news please me? At first glance I was surprised because pot is illegal most everywhere for whatever dumb reason. And North Korea, being the most horrific place one can be, well, I just assumed the Kims would just as soon kill you for it as look at you!

This is the first I’ve heard of it so I am not at all sure it’s true, but let’s assume it is.

For all the fear the people of the DPRK go through every day of their lives, whether they are outwardly “into it” (the regime) or not, it is very nice to know that they can use what nature has provided to help calm themselves for a while. I like that.

Inner peace is a Good Thing.



Clearly, these people have no clue.

diagonaluk Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

Welcome to the world’s best new tourist destination. Welcome to North Korea.

Hahaha! A North Korean cruise ship.

This is what happens when you impose 100% isolation on yourself and your people for 60 years.

The initial premise that it is for needed revenue is plausible as they know that there are cruises and that those cruises are pretty popular. Been on two myself. The problem here stems from the rather  likely fact that… no one’s ever been on one!

And… what to do about putting on influences from the outside world, like the shopping the Chinese tourist suggests… can’t have that! No! Duty-free cigs? Ha!

It’s apparent right from the standardized “tour” that visitors are taken on and shown in just about every doc you see about visiting the DPRK. Never cease to amaze, the Northern ones.

Seriously, the realization that they seem to fully believe in their hearts that we would not see right through the well-planned situations created and in every one of the places meant to impress us, huge places, completely devoid of visitors. So bizarre. So bizarre.


Quite sad, in a way. 25 million people prevented from participating in the daily life of planet Earth. Or even knowing that it exists.

It’s changing, though, albeit excruciatingly slowly. Through goods smuggled back in, (which is an act of heroism, surely). That spreading of knowledge must continue.

Ah, well, have a laugh.


Really, there isn’t.

And here, folks, is the undeniable photographic proof.

The DPRK, at night, from space. Click to enlarge.A photograph, from space, of the Korean peninsula at night.

Someone, it seems, has kindly added borders.

The lights at the bottom are that evening’s electrically generated photonic output of the South Korean populace.
The big, central green and pinkish-white blob is Incheon and Seoul and other cities in the vicinity.

Note the rather large dark chunk just above all that.

That’s the DPRK, or, North Korea.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Satan.

There is no electricity there.

Just one more thing the people must deal with.

(Screen capture from the film Kimjongilia.)