A farmer in Sunwu county, Heilongjiang province, harvests a crop of cannabis plants. Photo: Sunwu county government

Green gold: how China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower

Plantations are flourishing thanks to Chinese-developed hybrid species that have not just survived but thrived in the country’s disparate environments

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A farmer in Sunwu county, Heilongjiang province, harvests a crop of cannabis plants. Photo: Sunwu county government
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.