Asia: Korean Actress Who Challenged Marijuana Law Sentenced to Prison 11/18/05

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Kim Bu-sun
The Korean Supreme Court Tuesday upheld an eight-month prison sentence for actress Kim Bu-sun, whose arrest for smoking marijuana in July 2004 led to national debate about the country's pot laws. Kim was quickly found guilty, but later filed a petition arguing that the ban on marijuana was unconstitutional. That petition was rejected by the high court, and now the court has upheld her prison sentence.

The 43-year-old actress first made her mark in a series of Grade-B adult movies in the 1980s, including "Madame Aema, Part III," and has more recently starred in Park Chan-wook's "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" and Yu Ha's "The Cruel History of Maljuk Street."

Korean law makes no distinction between marijuana and other drugs. In her appeal, Bu-son argued that was unconstitutional. "Current law prescribing marijuana as a narcotic is unconstitutional, and banning marijuana is in violation of the right to pursue happiness," she said last year as she launched her appeal.

No word yet on when she will serve her sentence.

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