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Comedian Song In Hwa sentenced to 6 months' jail + 2 years' suspended sentence for marijuana use

December 29, 2013 @ 12:06 am
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Comedian Song In Hwa has been sentenced by the South Korean courts for her use of marijuana.


The sentencing, which gives her six months in prison as well as two years of a suspended sentence, comes after she was found guilty for using marijuana two times - once in a hotel room in Las Vegas and again last July with her older sister.


The sister was also convicted, receiving a harsher sentence in the form of 2 years of prison and three years of suspended sentence.


"Marijuana use by a celebrity is not a light crime given its bad influence on society, but considering the defense's recognition of the crime, her reflection, and the fact that it was only two times, we gave her a suspended sentence," the court ruled.


Song In Hwa has appeared in numerous drama and comedy programs, including SBS's 'It's Okay, Daddy's Girl' and 'Gag Concert'.


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ryvvyr
· Posted February 13, 2014 @ 7:20 am

I find this ridiculous. Would there be a life sentence for cocaine if weed gets that much time? In 90% of South Korean dramas I've watched, there is excessive alcohol use. So this tells me it's ok to be outright alcoholics, binge-alcoholics but one drag of a blunt and, "OH NO! We got to jail you for this bad, life-hampering deed!" Sad, but looking forward to seeing her in more dramas after her release, albeit, the way this has been handled, speculating it might have a more detrimental affect on her career than it really should.

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skiii
· Posted January 1, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

This honestly gave me a few giggles. I'd understand giving some community service and/or probationary period if she did so within SK. Counting her crime from outside the country is putting smoking pot up there with the Nuremberg Principles. It's highly far from a crime against humanity, if that's the case, NO ONE would visit Holland anymore. lol

Side note: I do hope the sister smoked more, if not then what a corrupt case when she's serving a harsher sentence.

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jen37
· Posted December 31, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

SK is very anti-drug! You people have to realize this. Alcohol on the other hand, hmmm....

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eager-beaver
· Posted December 30, 2013 @ 9:13 am

Why does using it in Las Vegas have any effect on a Korean sentence?

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thatexotic
· Posted December 30, 2013 @ 12:40 am
What do they mean by suspending 2 years?
aardbei
· Posted December 30, 2013 @ 4:01 pm
I'm not sure but I think that it means she won't be sent to prison if she does't smoke marijuana again during two years!
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crystalplus-vipa
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Even though this may seem unfair (and i agree it's a little harsh) but at the same time I find myself wishing they would put this kind of punishment in the u.s....it's already legal in some states and it's getting to the point where it's not a big deal anymore, and if it does get legal everywhere they need to have strict regulations on it...i'm pretty sure not everyone likes that disgusting smell

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asianptwin
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

Isn't it a bit harsh to sentence one to prison for just using it? I can understand if they were trafficking it but just using it shouldn't be a big deal. A charge or a fine would do enough..

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kpopisthelyfe
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

They are overreacting.

david-kim
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 11:59 pm
No they are not, they would be overreacting if it was America or Jamaica but this is an Asian country we're talking about. Asian countries want to be dignified of having no drugs and therefore they are very strict about it. I agree the marijuana isn't a drug bad enough to "overreact" about but the hard pressure the Korean society is under right now + people with weed every where would be a downfall on taxes or the countries IQ level as Korea is a hard studying country. The government is trying to prove a point here.
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thrillaaaa
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

bad influence? please lol tons of young people already smoke marijuana and tons of kids also DRINK illegally and drinking is 1000x worse please do tell me how many drunk driving cases we get from kpop idols... compared to "high" cases of driving lol.

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pwswan
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

Great...now we'll never get Kpop concerts in Colorado. Weed will be legal here starting Wednesday.

magicspoon
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:54 pm
You weren't going to get kpop concerts in Colorado BEFORE legal weed so..............
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B.Happiness
· Posted January 4, 2014 @ 10:49 am
I'm still hoping to see one here.
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AlessaZar
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

OMG, REALLY? SUCH A SHAME :(

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missmaknae18
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 7:08 pm
lol
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ygfan20
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

That is really unfair. It's not like she was hurting anyone or dealing. Feel bad for her sister and her. The laws over there are ridiculous. 

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lady-in-pink
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

Lol all these for a stress reliever and in another country to boot, its like a big F. U  to personal privacy xD well every country is twisted and effed up in its own way but dayum prison time for smoking mary jane? 

Mary Jane has a lot of haters xD

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clementcass
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

I wonder why people use drugs, isn't it scary , I mean whenever I see a documentary on TV about drugs, i see needles and pills, and that just freaks me out. I know for marijuana you don't have to use a needle but in will infect your body and brain, makes me scared

lady-in-pink
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:54 pm
Well if you just smoke it like a regular person occasionally its a great stress reliever, it's like alcohol too much of it and it will ruin your health. It does not infect your body at all and you are clearly misinformed and you should not be scared but instead understanding because many people have many different reasons for taking drugs such as to get away from problems, to relax, try something new etc. so instead of acting like a prick you should be understanding.
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kalexf
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 5:10 pm
People usually use drugs for fun, i mean why do you think so many people get drunk? Alcohol is a drug too, but it's common and legal, so people aren't scared of it like theyre scared of marijuana
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magicspoon
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:54 pm
Koreans think everything is scary. I could say BOO and you'd think that was scary.
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clementcass
· Posted January 2, 2014 @ 3:07 am
@lady-in-pink I didn't meant to be a prick , I don't understand, why they would used it. and if you're in stress is drugs the only way out?
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yixings-dimple
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

ahhh... i rember her from  ms panda and mr hedgehog she was my favorite actress in that drama

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· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
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greebonicky
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

This is completely ridiculous. It's like someone going to one of the Arab states (where alcohol is illegal) and being sent to jail for drinking in another country. People would be in outrage if something like this were to occur. It's absurd that someone can be charged for committing a crime another country.  

maggie21
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
alcohol is not illegal in Arabs countries stupid!
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greebonicky
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
@maggie21 The sale and consumption of alcohol has been illegal in Saudi Arabia since the 50's, Qatar passed a law last year to do the same and other countries are expected to follow suit. In multiple other arab countries alcohol is strictly prohibited for residents with the only exceptions being tourists who are only allowed to consume in certain hotels and only when said tourists have applied and acquired a legal permit to do so. In future, would you kindly do at least 30 seconds of research before you go around calling people stupid, because the only person it makes look stupid is yourself ;D *Drops mic*
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maggie21
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 4:59 pm
@greebonicky 30 seconds research my ass im arab drops mic? duuude looool
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maggie21
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 5:01 pm
@greebonicky oh and something else it's 2013 and believe me alcohol is not illegal! driving while drunk is illegal doe!
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greebonicky
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
@maggie21 I must apologise for not realising that due to you being Arab, you were born with a complete working knowledge of the laws of all the Arab countries, my bad.
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maggie21
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 5:11 pm
@greebonicky fine it's illegal ! bravo on your research !
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kimchifriedrice
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

all that for Weed? And not even in Korea...what the hell

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inspiritlover321
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 11:48 am

Lmao why are they worrying about drugs when they should be fixing their alcohol problems? Last time I was there, there were drunkards everywhere at night. Not even kidding. And why was she charged when she did it in America and not her own country? Like what kind of law is that?

thrillaaaa
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:39 pm
agreed makes no sense at all might as well ban all soju if u wanna get rid of marijuana.
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inspiritlover321
· Posted December 29, 2013 @ 8:57 pm
@thrillaaaa Yupp lol.
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