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Speaking positively about marijuana online leads to arrest of Japanese man and woman

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By SoraNews24

Around the world there seems to be an increasingly lenient attitude towards pot smoking, with many governments having legalized the substance altogether. Japan, however, hasn’t moved an inch when it comes to marijuana and is showing no signs of doing so in the future either.

Take the recent arrests of a 32-year-old Kanagawa man and 37-year-old Tokyo woman for example. They reportedly admitted to charges of violating the Act Concerning Special Provisions for the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act and Other Matters for the Prevention of Activities Encouraging Illicit Conducts and Other Activities Involving Controlled Substances through International Cooperation.

It would seem that this pair ran afoul of the “Encouraging Illicit Conducts” part of the lengthy title in that they repeatedly posted messages such as “Smoking for the first time in a while rocks” and “Weed sure is the best” on social media chats that were made viewable to about 80 people.

▼ News report about the arrests with some samples of their posts

However, it wasn’t just off-the-cuff praise like, “Weed is great, but anyway what’s up with you?” Between the two of them, an onslaught of 800 pro-weed messages were reported to police which suspiciously appears to be trying to lure people into a sales situation at worst, and at best is just plain annoying.

Still, for most people, raving about smoking pot is a very unexpected reason to get arrested in Japan, and most comments expressed their surprise.

“I didn’t know you could get arrested for that. I noticed some Twitter accounts like this usually have disclaimers like ‘this is a work of fiction’ or something.”

“It doesn’t even matter if they actually smoked? Did they actually smoke?”

“I usually hear about people getting arrested for violating drug laws, but for violating the special laws is rare.”

“I understand the damage reduction effect of arresting dealers, but this seems like thought-policing.”

“800 times?! Lol”

“How does the penalty for violating the special law compare to the regular law?”

According to Article 9 of that law whose name I shall not repeat: “A person who publicly agitates or incites committing a drug crime…or abuse of a regulated drug is subject to imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up to 500,000 yen.”

In comparison, the regular Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act says that possessing marijuana can get you up to seven years behind bars, and one to ten years if the offender is planning to profit off it. So as you might expect, actual marijuana possession is indeed much stricter, but the punishments for hyping up smoking are no joke either.

This also raises questions about people like actor-turned-activist Saya Takagi, who has run for parliament with the platform of legalizing medical marijuana. As a very well-known advocate for the drug, isn’t she also violating the same law?

However, as one comment pointed out, this law appears to only be enforced on rare occasions. What makes this particular occasion so rare isn’t clear though, which leaves a haze of ambiguity over what types of “incitements” would lead to an arrest.

One thing is for sure, Japanese law is as hardline about marijuana as ever.

Source: Mee TeleHachima Kiko, E-Gov 

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This runs counter to the idea of free speech, not to mention how archaic it is to consider marijuana worse than tobacco or alcohol.

59 ( +63 / -4 )

“I didn’t know you could get arrested for that. I noticed some Twitter accounts like this usually have disclaimers like ‘this is a work of fiction’ or something.”

According to Article 9 of that law whose name I shall not repeat: “A person who publicly agitates or incites committing a drug crime…or abuse of a regulated drug is subject to imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up to 500,000 yen.”

However, as one comment pointed out, this law appears to only be enforced on rare occasions. What makes this particular occasion so rare isn’t clear though, which leaves a haze of ambiguity over what types of “incitements” would lead to an arrest.

Welp, that's as Draconian as an evil despot's regime during the medieval ages! But I'm thankful that I know this now. You can't even talk about it.

31 ( +32 / -1 )

There are many positive uses for marijuana in the medical field. Please do not post these type of articles that make Japanese people appear to be ill informed and stupid. It is shameful to me.

7 ( +18 / -11 )

This is why I'm against censorship like hate speech and harmful speech.

Who decides what is harmful and hateful?

15 ( +25 / -10 )

Marijuana may or may not be "worse than tobacco or alcohol", depends on what you're measuring and what the outcomes are. It very often is a gateway drug.

Effect of using marijuana: it takes you 10 seconds longer to respond to, "Hey, stupid," but then, the same can be said about heavy drinkers...

-19 ( +8 / -27 )

Marijuana may or may not be "worse than tobacco or alcohol", depends on what you're measuring and what the outcomes are. It very often is a gateway drug.

I think that you'll find that caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are also gateway drugs.

24 ( +27 / -3 )

It's funny because it seems like a fat joint is exactly what this entire country needs. But god forbid anyone kick back and chill out.

25 ( +30 / -5 )

Good. Nearly all the crime and violence which plagues western countries is the result of drugs. On the west coast of America, most of the homeless who are plaguing the major cities are drug addicts. I am glad Japan has a zero-tolerance policy to drugs, and that it is aggressively enforced.

You can argue that marijuana is harmless, but most (all?) drug addicts began their slide into addiction with marijuana. Normally I am opposed to any laws, rules, or regulations which interfere with personal choice, but addiction destroys a person’s ability to act responsibly or make sound choices.

One of the things I most like about Japan is that I can raise my kids here and not worry about them getting into drugs.

If you are from America, you can think of several friends, relatives, or acquaintances who have messed up their lives with drugs. I don’t know anyone personally in Japan who has. And I am happy about that.

-5 ( +21 / -26 )

Good, i hate spammers. People that constantly repeat the same thing to lure or forcefully change others view is bothersome. I see it constantly everywhere.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Not the sharpest tools in the shed.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

It is true that most people here in California would say that marijuana is probably relatively harmless. As for the argument that it can be a gateway drug, can we not also say that about alcohol? How many people, while drunk, have been tempted into taking drugs? Furthermore, when marijuana is decriminalized, there would seem to be less chance to encounter the people who sell the more harmful drugs, like methamphetamine and heroin. I have read that the homeless can get a dose of meth for only 20 dollars, and that it is addictive after only one time. Going into a dispensary to buy marijuana is not likely to expose one to those selling the truly harmful drugs.

BTW, I have read that about 15% of the population are, for whatever reason, predisposed not to enjoy marijuana. Apparently I am one of the 15%. Have known many people who took pot, including many people on chemotherapy, but can honestly say that pot actually makes me sick.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Japan’s government is just so behind the times...

12 ( +17 / -5 )

That is it.. That is why i like japan so much.

Japan does not want to destroy its society.

for example ,,Look at the canada,england uk,,

Those countries society is gone ,Whole england uk is smelling weed,

Nobody says nothing. i love japan clean country.

-17 ( +9 / -26 )

I not 100%, meeting lawyer friend for drinks later. We recently had a conversation/debate about freedom of speak, she mentioned a law about incitement and solicitation, thought she was joking, apparently not.  

Beware…………

Law concerning special provisions for the narcotics and psychotropics control law, etc. and other matters for the prevention of activities encouraging illicit conducts and other activities involving controlled substances through international cooperation

https://www.imolin.org/doc/amlid/Japan/Japan_Anti_Drug_Special_Provisions_Law_1991.pdf

(Incitement or Solicitation)

Article 9. Any person who publicly incites or solicits others to commit any drug offense

(except for offenses specified in the preceding article and this article) or any offense specified in Article 6 or Article 7 or to abuse any controlled substance shall be imprisoned with hard labor not exceeding three years or fined not more than five hundred thousand yen.

To interpret this conversation/s, in a manner that constitutes a criminal act/offense, is arbitrary, and open to abuse on any number of levels.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It’s about the control; taxes. The country’s culture is alcohol. The alcohol business wants to keep the status quo. I promise, if marijuana could bring in more tax revenue laws would change overnight.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

the Act Concerning Special Provisions for the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act and Other Matters for the Prevention of Activities Encouraging Illicit Conducts and Other Activities Involving Controlled Substances through International Cooperation.

Well I got high just by reading that.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I'm stoned out of my gourd right now.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Interesting comments all round. How I see it:

☆ Treating recreational drugs as a health issue instead of a crime issue not only flips their image from one of cool rebellion to one of sad addiction, it has numerous added societal and geopolitical benefits.

☆ Marijuana is indeed a 'gateway' drug when it's criminalised. Those same criminals who supply your local pot seller will be more than happy to get you hooked on something much harder and more profitable.

☆ Criminalisation of recreational drugs blights communities the world over. It creates artificial relationships between criminals and otherwise law-abiding citizens. Crime groups actively market their wares with scant regard for the damage they inflict on users or in turf wars at all stages in the supply chain. They threaten democracy (most overtly and explicitly in Mexico), and fund political violence from Northern Ireland to Afghanistan.

☆ It behoves the USA in particular - as the world's biggest consumer of recreational drugs - to shift the paradigm from a crime issue to a health issue. Expect robust opposition and lobbying from industries threatened by such a shift; the profitability of private prisons and many high flying careers in law enforcement agencies depend on the status quo.

☆ In Japan, decriminalising marijuana would see it replace the much more harmful drug of choice for celebrities, methyl amphetamine. Japan Tobacco could use its existing production capacity and pharmaceutical supply chain to control marijuana cigarettes as an OTC drug. Expect opposition from the powerful alcohol lobby.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

It’s about the control; taxes.

That's part of it. But police and prosecutors don't see much of that money. For them its about the joy of abusing people. The government could make cotton candy illegal tomorrow and those slimeballs would operate with just as much zeal and gusto going after cotton candy eaters. Even more than the greedbags society needs to get rid of the officialized trolls. They are the hands of the greedbags but don't need their brains to operate.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Treating recreational drugs as a health issue instead of a crime issue

My issue though is that its not a health issue until it becomes a health issue for the individual user. I know people who have taken all manner of drugs without having health or addiction issues. Of course I think that is what you meant but I felt it needed to be clarified. Recreation drugs are not an automatic health issue.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

That law exist way before SNS are exist, it was made in 90s. So today just typing few text, not even buying, having or even using that substance can make you make you deal with the law.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Aren’t all substances, taken for enjoyment, whether drugs, alcohol etc, sooner or later become a health issue? Many a mental health concern.  

Wouldn’t it not be smarter to treat the subject matter as a health issue sooner rather than later?

I drink to much, like a fish sometimes, Doctor said I much get a grip or suffer later in life, or worse.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The "Minority Report" still survives as a remnant of Japan's feudal past, an indispensable instrument in the central government's tool box to control the masses. The activities of the Showa "Thought Police" persecuting citizens for "Thought Crimes" are an egregious example from recent history. Even as the rest of the developed world gets woke the post-war Japanese establishment's "reefer maaaaadness" still requires they identify any and all cannabis "pre-crime" and nip it in the bud.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I have to agree on this one.

Our government is way behind on understanding what it does, the benefits of it, how it could help tens of thousands of Japanese who are sick and need more options when it comes to treating a variety of health issues.

At least allow Universities to do more research in the potential benefits, products that could be made from such a plant. Israel, Canada,USA, Europe are all ahead by miles on this issue. We're not even trying.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Cannabis aka marijuana, is a benign substance. Those who claim it is a gateway drug are seriously delusional or simply ignorant or pressing an agenda.

As the poet, Allen Ginsberg, intoned after a few puffs, "Ah, senses awakened and restored." Reflecting a 'high' that is sensual and at the same alters awareness and enables a sensitivity to ones environs. It has no relation to cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates or even alcohol or even tobacco. It is not addictive and you can easily grow it at home with success. Amphetamines & cocaine are highly destructive drugs and involve hardened criminal enterprise. Crack and meth are/were a plague in the USA.

As a criminal enterprise, in the USA, where cannabis is now legal, the criminal element has disappeared, and no longer are users of the substance turned into criminals. Now it is a business enterprise that provides taxes and a revenue stream to the state. However, it will be interesting to see the cultural impacts.

The laws in Japan are interesting. For those prosecuted under such, hardly a curiosity and the impacts large.

So-called drugs, are cultural and oft wedded to available substances and tradition. Cannabis, evolved out of the Central Asian steppes and was imbibed in China five thousand years ago and it spread throughout the world. It did travel to Korea around 2000 BC and sometime within that span to Japan. Cannabis was cultivated in Japan and primarily used as hemp. The drug of choice, however, was a product of rice, sake.

The use of cannabis in Japan in the modern era has been very minimal and its proliferation would probably impact the culture. It's use is not unknown. As an agenda, legalization seems very complex. The use of cannabis in the USA is on an entirely different scale alongside draconian laws that imprisoned many for what was actually a socially acceptable act. The intent of the laws were cultural and purposefully oppressive with a political agenda. The scene in Japan is very, very different. But, as life in Japan changes due to demographics and economics the culture may impress such a substance. The caveat, as a criminal enterprise it would involve some very unsavory individuals. A gentle shift in mores would be the wisest path. Like growing one's own tomatoes, instead of commercial purchase - so to speak. At the moment it is not an issue. Which may be for the best. As for the law and free speech, that is a sticky wicket, but its actual impact is minimal. The courts and advocates can sort it out.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Arrested for a thought crime. No free speech in Japan.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

According to Article 9 of that law whose name I shall not repeat: “A person who publicly agitates or incites committing a drug crime…or abuse of a regulated drug is subject to imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up to 500,000 yen.”

I had no idea about this stupid law! I think i might been in danger myself as I often said I smoked the stuff myself when I was young and find it much less dangerous than most legal drugs.

I hope someone strikes this law. Prohibiting a drug is one thing, punishing speech is another.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

andy

That is it.. That is why i like japan so much.

Japan does not want to destroy its society.

for example ,,Look at the canada,england uk,,

Those countries society is gone ,Whole england uk is smelling weed,

Nobody says nothing. i love japan clean country.

It is not weed that is destroying those societies.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Japan is suuuuuuuuch a peacful fruity place to live and no guns and very petty crimes here and there that the jcops has nothing better to do than pull you off your bicycle out of no where to check if its stollen... and now they are arresting people over chit chat. People in japan act act as if this drug is the devils son. Only in Japan does getting caught with cannabis make it to national television.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

I'm curious. I have a t shirt that has a hemp adidas logo and says cannabis. Could I get done technically for wearing it

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Shame on Japan for arresting people for speech. This is wrong.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I have a t shirt that has a hemp adidas logo and says cannabis. Could I get done technically for wearing it

Only by the fashion police.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

I think I'll keep my old position that the only reason we tolerate alcohol and tobacco (to a lesser extent) is that they are so prevalent it's not worth the societal instability to crush them in a hurry. I see no reason to introduce another Psycho-Active with the below effects (from Wiki):

Cannabis has various mental and physical effects, which include euphoria, altered states of mind and sense of time, difficulty concentrating, impaired short-term memory and body movement,[24] relaxation,[25] and an increase in appetite.[26] Onset of effects is felt within minutes when smoked, and about 30 to 60 minutes when cooked and eaten.[24][27] The effects last for two to six hours, depending on the amount used.[27] At high doses, mental effects can include anxiety, delusions (including ideas of reference), hallucinations, panic, paranoia, and psychosis.

I like to keep my mind my own, if at all possible.

Having said that, I do feel for a person being arrested for speech. Despite my distaste, one must keep consistent in this regard.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

The intervention (arrest!) was excessive and overreactive. It also seemed arbitrary and inconsistent. Above all wasn't there any pre-warning?

“Weed sure is the best” on social media chats that were made viewable to about 80 people.

How so influential! :P

2 ( +4 / -2 )

800 pro-weed messages were reported to police which suspiciously appears to be trying to lure people into a sales situation at worst

There were people who appeared to be luring people to buy.

Some people reported it.

Police acted on the report.

Seems simple enough.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

To quote Cypress Hill, arresting people for this is insane in the membrane - insane in the brain!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I like to keep my mind my own, if at all possible.

I take it you don’t consume alcohol.

I see your Wikipedia and raise you a source you can actually cite legally and scientifically:

*But a 2018 clinical study on medical marijuana users showed very different effects on the brain. The study looked at patients with a variety of conditions, including pain, anxiety, sleep disorders and gastrointestinal problems, before and after taking marijuana via their preferred method of use — smoking, eating or topically applying. Three months after patients started treatment, varying from one or two doses a week to multiple doses per day, the researchers observed that their brains had more activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area associated with cognition, decision-making and executive function. They also saw an increase in task performance among the users, signifying a boost in cognitive function. *

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Our government is way behind on understanding what it does, the benefits of it, how it could help tens of thousands of Japanese who are sick and need more options when it comes to treating a variety of health issues.

I find myself in complete agreement with ReasonandWisdomNippon on this ....must be in parallel universe.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I like to keep my mind my own, if at all possible.

I take it you don’t consume alcohol.

I see your Wikipedia and raise you a source you can actually cite legally and scientifically:

Kindly post the source P. Smith, you forgot to include it.

Anyway, the study was about the effects of medical marijuana, I don't think anyone here disputes it is beneficial.

It is the recreational use that are being questioned or criticized by those who do

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Kindly post the source P. Smith, you forgot to include it.

Oops.

https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/what-science-knows-about-marijuanas-health-benefits

Admittedly, it doesn’t only support the benefits of weed.

It is the recreational use that are being questioned or criticized by those who do

Fair enough. Given recreational use has only been legalized for a few years, there is dearth of information about it. We do know that it shouldn’t be used by teenagers.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The time will come when every one realizes that Marijuana NO different than Cigarettes or Alcohol. the only difference is Marijuana didn't bribe enough law makers to become legal.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

A lot of posters keep saying the same thing. Cigarettes and alcohol is just as harmful, so marijuanna should also be accepted. Sure, why don't we add another harmful substance into our society then!

It will be a great party. Let's find more things that we think are similar to alcohol and also introduce it to society. It will be great! Lot's of money to make and we can escape the pain and reality. We can then massively import and export it and flood our nation with it just as we did with alcohol and sigarettes. Let's fuel the addiction machine. As if we don't have already enough troubles already and had spend years trying to decrease smokers.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

They need to smoke some and chill out a bit -- this is extreme even for Japan.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/what-science-knows-about-marijuanas-health-benefits

Admittedly, it doesn’t only support the benefits of weed.

Thanks!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

A lot of posters keep saying the same thing. Cigarettes and alcohol is just as harmful, so marijuanna should also be accepted. Sure, why don't we add another harmful substance into our society then!

That's actually a reason to stop alcohol and smoking, not allow marijuana.

But if they can't or won't stop alcohol and smoking for reason of being harmful then they shouldn't make marijuana illegal also based on the same grounds.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The stockmarket does more harm, and the govt does much much more harm and damage.

The there is alcohol and tobacco, and the education system which is severely damaging our kids, not to mention the god damn tv such as NHK, dont get me started p l e a s e ....... !

0 ( +1 / -1 )

As a US resident... this has to be a joke, right?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

In America, they had that show "To Catch a Predator" where they'd catch adult men luring 12 year old girls/boys for sex on the internet. Japan's version of the show is "To Catch a Pothead".

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This sort of backward, punitive thinking is what is so destructive about 'conservative' thinking and, for Cannabis, is also 'greed' thinking. The Ethanol lobbies are powerful in Japan and want to lead young people into a life of liver disease, miserable mornings, and a great deal of Ethanol-ingestion related crime and death and, at the least, embarrassment. And if we did not produce an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase to reduce endogenously produced Ethanol (a poisonous waste product of metabolism), Ethanol would be as immediately toxic and life threatening as all of the other simple alcohols (Methanol, Propanol, Butanol, at alia). The main effects of Ethanol is to suppress (poison) the CNS, crippling judgement, intelligence, mobility, and, not rarely, inciting violence. This is a drug perfect for 'thoughtless' life and political obedience which, besides the side hussle of suppressing a serious competitor for their patrons, our politicians prefer a 'thoughtless' reflexive, perhaps somewhat brain damaged electorate over a 'thinking' electorate because such Ethanol stupefied people are MUCH easier to fool.

Cannabis' greatest political barrier to acquiescence by politicians is that Cannabis stimulates 'thinking'. It's why artists, musicians, 'thinkers', and so many others prefer it for its ability to lift us from our usual, habitual thought grooves and present us with new perceptions of old thoughts and beliefs. This is political poison for politicians. There is nothing worse for a politician than a 'thinking' electorate because most political appeals are based on rousing political emotion, not thought. Definitely NOT critical thought. When first using Cannabis, the world takes on a 'strange' look, perceptions are shifted a bit, just enough to seem unfamiliar and new, and, for that individual, they are. As one acclimates, this effect becomes very valuable in the generation of new relationships of old and new perceptions and the subsequent emergence of new ideas and even whole epiphanies. This can be frightening to the 'conservative' personality whose main internal theme is, by definition, keeping everything as it is, rigid and without change. 'New ideas' are reasons for unease, disruption, internal imbalance, and the release of the walls of imagination, even a little, are a bit terrifying to the 'gelled' mind. Cannabis is the treatment of choice for a condition called "cognitive dissonance", well known to people who study us and see behind the veil of common perceptual "Human Reality".

Cannabis Prohibition is actually damaging in that it puts a useful substance into the company of seriously harmful substances and suggests to the young person that lethal poisons such as Heroin, Crack Cocaine, even Fentanyl, are no more damaging than Cannabis. By conflating Cannabis with these poisons, youthful judgement is skewed and any reflexive inhibition that should occur when a substance such as Heroin is considered is mitigated by the Official policy that Cannabis and such other substances are somehow similar. It pushes the idea that the benefits of Cannabis will be shared by the worst Human poisons onplanet. Demonization of Cannabis and association with these poisons SELLS the 'safety' of the poisons to the young inexperienced mind. And it's likely that Ethanol, at least among our Cocaine using fellow citizens, is the 'gateway' to 'drug' use and a life of addiction. And what we actually see is that Cannabis is 'healing' rather than disease causing which has been recognised by medical authorities in most places without, or with weak, Ethanol political lobbies 'influencing' our politicians (Nihon?). Even if it is the LAST country to realize the benefits of Cannabis, it will eventually come to Nihon also. It is just sad that so many people will have to be damaged before 'conservatism' is forced to upgrade its fears to what Reality is demonstrating all over our planet. Cannabis cures. The facts that it also 'cures' political lies is its greatest 'toxicity' to the conservative political mind. Fortunately, the future does not contain the crippled minds of today.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

My guess would be that Cannabis infused sake will be the most popular introductory Cannabis product in Japan. Cannabis beer....hmmm....?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Everyone, be careful what you post. You may be breaking the law ;-)

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Thanks!

No worries. Thanks for pointing out my oversight in not having provided the link.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Silly law. Next thing you know they'll arrest people for saying "Man! I wanna kill him/her!"

"☆ In Japan, decriminalising marijuana would see it replace the much more harmful drug of choice for celebrities, methyl amphetamine. Japan Tobacco could use its existing production capacity and pharmaceutical supply chain to control marijuana cigarettes as an OTC drug. Expect opposition from the powerful alcohol lobby."

Not true. You don't replace a stimulant with a depressant. It would be like your computer breaks down so you buy a chainsaw to replace it.

"As a criminal enterprise, in the USA, where cannabis is now legal, the criminal element has disappeared, Now it is a business enterprise that provides taxes and a revenue stream to the state. However, it will be interesting to see the cultural impacts."

Ridiculously untrue. I'll assume ignorance of the poster, or possibly they just have no idea, and spout whatever.

In states where recreational marijuana use is legalized (you know... The states that should be seeing a lack of criminal enterprise) there are still plenty of street dealers peddling their wares. The reason for this is simple. Cost. Boutique marijuana dispensaries are a fun once in a while trip for pot smokers, who then return to their old dealers because the price with taxes is astronomically prohibitive for the average user. Criminal dealers aren't out applying for their business licenses and their tax numbers because they are criminals... Why would they ever give away their profits to the government?

"and no longer are users of the substance turned into criminals."

Kind of true. Generally there are possession limits. If you exceed your limit, you will be going to jail.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

What a backward country Japan is!!!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

A study back in 2019 found out that legalization has led to increased use of and addiction to cannabis.

Does anyone here know of a study that might suggest it's not true?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Good for Japan, theres absolutely no need to add another drug to our lives. We have enough problems already with alcohol and smoking, it does not matter if marijuana is "not as worse", 99% of people dont need it and will never need it

2 ( +2 / -0 )

As a US resident... this has to be a joke, right?

East Asians take pot very seriously; they treat it as being as bad as freebasing crack from a used needle.

It makes sense to some extent, they don't want their populations to relax or be lazy, and weed helps with that. They need the rat race competition to go ahead at full speed so they can beat America.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

A study back in 2019 found out that legalization has led to increased use of and addiction to cannabis.

I doubt anyone was expecting the opposite. What are the figures for this factoid?

Does anyone here know of a study that might suggest it's not true?

Can anyone prove the Earth is flat?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 the regular Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act says that possessing marijuana can get you up to seven years behind bars, and one to ten years if the offender is planning to profit off it.

No, it doesn't.  Marijuana is controlled by The Cannabis Control Act, not The Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

For medical purposes there is canabanoid oils called hemp oil with out the psychoactive property that’s now legal in Japan and the USA.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Reefer madness.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

A study back in 2019 found out that legalization has led to increased use of and addiction to cannabis.

I doubt anyone was expecting the opposite. What are the figures for this factoid?

Does anyone here know of a study that might suggest it's not true?

Can anyone prove the Earth is flat?

So, should marijuana.be legalized on Japan?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It took decades for marijuana to be legalized/decriminalized in some US states and still the Federal Gov (DEA) recognizes pot as a schedule 1 narcotic (same as heroin). So if you think super conservative Japan is going to legalize or decriminalize pot in any of our life times, you are probably mistaken. In fact, I'd say Singapore will probably legalize pot before Japan does. Even if the entire world decided to legalize pot, Japan would be the one country that would have to do a "study" to find out if its safe.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Chalk a victory up for the alcohol industry lobbyists. With pot, you don't need glasses, ice, mixers, factories to distill it, distributors and restaurants aren't going to make most of their profit by selling it.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it. :)

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I would not be here without cannabis. With my PTS, it gives me relief from the terrible dreams.

Would I be arrested for saying this truth if I live there?

Ignorance in government is a terrible thing.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Well japanese gov being japanese gov, they don't need excuses to act stupid all the way...

unless make a blind eye in front of crimes, like rape, murder, assault, violence, and such, then they just pretend nothing happens and swep it under the rug... after all the only important thing is "out side image" or "saving face"

I wonder if they would be that fast to act like that if their toy emperor gets to smoke pot hahaha XD

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