Over the past few weeks, both Japan and South Korea have told their citizens that if they use marijuana they could face punishment when they return home. And now China is the latest country to tell its citizens to not use marijuana.

The Chinese consulate in Canada sent a public letter out warning the country's citizens to not use legally available cannabis. They said it could cause "physical and mental health" problems and that they should avoid it for those reasons. The letter also laid out various rules so Chinese citizens are aware of what is legal and what is illegal, as well as reminding them not to bring cannabis through customs.

However China did not go as far as Japan and South Korea in saying that citizens would be punished at home if they do use marijuana in Canada. This is pretty surprising considering Japan and South Korea are democratic countries, and China is an authoritarian regime that's also known to imprison people for questionable reasons. Heck, China's policy is even more progressive than the United States, who has threatened to ban Canadians from entering the country if they're involved in the cannabis industry.

What a strange world we live in that we can say China actually has a surprisingly progressive view on marijuana legalization.

(h/t South China Morning Post)