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Diet passes bill to legalize cannabis-derived medicines

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I'll resist the urge to ask "what took you so long" and instead just celebrate this for the good news that it is. If you've ever known anyone who has suffered from chronic pain, or nausea due to certain cancer treatments, you'll know medicinal cannabis can be a literal lifesaver.

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My brother and his wife both us medical cannibus it before sleeping because of pain. They swear by it. My father tried but in a different country, and worked well, but he couldn’t afford it.

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Just legalize recreational marijuana already.

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It's about time!

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While the possession and cultivation of marijuana are already banned in Japan, the country will prohibit its use as well, setting a prison sentence of up to seven years for violation.

Annnd here come the mandatory drug tests at Japan's airports for those returning from countries that have legalized/decriminalized marijuana use.

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Japan sure does love to make more rules to limit freedoms.

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In recent times in NSW Australia, police repeatedly prosecuted a man who made cannabis oil for some epilepsy affected kids , at the parents request of course.

When Big Pharma shows an interest the politicians listen.

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One step forward, two steps back.

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up to 7 years jail for smoking a joint? That seems a little..... insane.

A drug with proven benefits, and very little negative effects, smoked perhaps at home, harming no-one, and the cops come knocking and you disappear for almost a decade.

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Previously, Japan did not penalize cannabis use,

Oh, I did not know it was legal to smoke

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Just legalize recreational marijuana already.

Please, no. Last thing we want is Japanese cities turning into stinky, horrible places like Portland and San Francisco.

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farmers who may accidentally absorb its substances while growing it

LOL

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This will be fought tooth and nail because alcohol and tobacco companies will loose money…that’s why it’s still illegal NOW.

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While the possession and cultivation of marijuana are already banned in Japan, the country will prohibit its use as well, setting a prison sentence of up to seven years for violation.

Utterly unhinged behavior from Japan's ruling class. These people already lost all credibility during Covid. There are way too many bloated bureaucracies and programs costing the taxpayers trillions. Hysterical anti-drug enforcement is definitely an example of terrible malinvestment - slash and burn it all to the ground. I would start with the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, probably the biggest leech in the whole system as of late; abolish it.

In any event, Japan is declining. The post-Covid recovery never even materialized for them, aside from tourism, which they had to swallow their pride to allow anyway. Although legalization sounds great, the more likely reality is that once the money runs out out and the economy has finally fully dried up, violent crime will increase, making it harder for them to even enforce their Alexandrian library of weed laws to begin with. Make no mistake, as economic conditions worsen, the cities will eventually become ungovernable. They want to pretend they're special and different from the rest of the world, they're not. It's just a matter of time.

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Japan sure does love to make more rules to limit freedoms.

Legislators love law-making - it's a proven high for politicians who derive a deep satisfaction from creating more crimes and punishments to empower their puny inner macho.

A drug with proven benefits, and very little negative effects, smoked perhaps at home, harming no-one, and the cops come knocking and you disappear for almost a decade

Not if you come from a family with money, influence and connections.

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I still think it's wild how the media in Japan orchestrated an entire hoax to have HHCH banned, even though it was considerably less strong than ordinary cannabis at low doses. It literally took three people getting dizzy, and boom, no legislative process, no research, nothing.

I guess they really want to protect their Corporate collectivist hierarchy complex at all costs, as unsustainable as it is in reality.

But eventually it will all collapse anyway. While Thailand, for example, decided to cut their losses whilst demonstrating solid economic growth, Japan continues to burn money on foolish endeavors while also not innovating or allowing their economy to be more dynamic.

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It's been reported that cannabis has positive effect on some children who suffer from seizures. If it does indeed work and help particular groups of people, why stop it?

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A drug with proven benefits, and very little negative effects, smoked perhaps at home, harming no-one, and the cops come knocking and you disappear for almost a decade.

I work with the immigration sometimes and I came in contact with someone who lost his Permanent Residency and after getting his suspended sentence he got locked up at Osaka Immigration for many years as he refused to leave the country he'd been since the late 90s. His crime?

-Smoking a joint

-Not having any relatives in Japan

The moral of the history is that regardless of your beliefs, it's just safer to stay away from drugs in these Asian countries, Thai decriminalized cannabis in 2022 but this doesnt make you any safe when you come back to Japan from your vacation. Your whole life here.. just not worth it.

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David BrentToday  08:09 am JST already.

Please, no. Last thing we want is Japanese cities turning into stinky, horrible places like Portland and San Francisco.

What are you talking about? Tobacco smokers are still everywhere and smell absolutely terrible. We all have to experience when a heavy smoking ojisan gets on the train and absolutely REAKS of cigarette smoke. it's terrible.

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didouToday  08:04 am JST

Oh, I did not know it was legal to smoke

Possession, cultivation, and distribution have been illegal for some time, but there was no law against actually smoking it. I remember a Japanese YouTuber did a bit where they "found a join laying on the ground by chance" and they smoked it without physically touching it (possessing it). It was hilarious!

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In Japan..."Just say NO "...

I am scared of the legal system here and smoking a joint doesnt seem worth the penalties.

Plus I''ve got enough "substance abuse disorder " happening with alcohol...LOL.

If legalised I'd sell up in Oz and move here forever .

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The laws in JP don't really make sense. That is the big problem. Just to remind you, alcohol, a dangerous narcotic that kills approximately 3 million people per year, is legal in Japan. Not to mention tobacco, a poisonous stimulant/narcotic that has been proven to cause cancer, is legal in Japan.

Remind me again why cannabis is illegal?...

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Legalize it and enter the 21st century. Half of the US has, incl. my home state.

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I use cannabis every day, for medical reasons. I have 2 life long disabilities. Epilepsy and Juvenile Arthritis, which happened when I was about 14, the arthritis can be very painful especially in the morning, that is when I smoke some weed. It is illegal where I am living right now, in the UK, but I do not care about that. Just having some relief from the constant pain is worth it.

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Based on the fanatical response to Nihon Daigaku football team using marijuana I don’t see any changes soon. Maybe in 25 years.

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What are you talking about? Tobacco smokers are still everywhere and smell absolutely terrible. We all have to experience when a heavy smoking ojisan gets on the train and absolutely REAKS of cigarette smoke. it's terrible.

I couldn't agree more. I'm 100% for banning cigarettes as well.

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Stefan - My brother and his wife both us medical cannibus it before sleeping because of pain. They swear by it. My father tried but in a different country, and worked well, but he couldn’t afford it.

Too many people in this thread have no idea what cannabis derived medicines are. They do not contain any of the psychoactive properties of THC. it has nothing to do with medical marijuana use.

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@Lindsay…Erm… Sativex is 50 percent THC, 50 percent CBD.

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Nabiximols (USAN,[1] trade name Sativex) is a specific Cannabis extract that was approved in 2010 as a botanical drug in the United Kingdom. Nabiximols is sold as a mouth spray intended to alleviate neuropathic pain, spasticity, overactive bladder, and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis; it was developed by the UK company GW Pharmaceuticals.[2][3] In 2019, it was proposed that following application of the spray, nabiximols is washed away from the oral mucosa by the saliva flow and ingested into the stomach, with subsequent absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract.[4][5] Nabiximols is a combination drug standardized in composition, formulation, and dose. Its principal active components are the cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Each spray delivers a dose of 2.7 mg THC and 2.5 mg CBD.

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The ruling parties in the government will pass anything they want and the common citizen will do nothing about it. If your children smoke that stuff and get convicted, as a parent, you are not likely to see them for at least 7 years. They can work for free to do the will of the ruling parties. Are you telling me that mothers and fathers actually would be in favor of what this is really going to do? Of course not, that's why politicians will never ask or care what they think.

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You can get drunk as a skunk, grope and then plead innocent because you were inebriated and get off light, but can get thrown in the slammer if you smoke at home. The government doesn't know how to tax this so it will probably be illegal until they find a way to levy taxes on this but alas, cultivation is already widely known so they are in a bit of a conundrum. But back to the story, yes, good that it's finally approved for medicinal use.

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