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It's possible that dealers are offering customers illegal drugs such as stimulants, which cause stronger hallucinations and addiction, as 'samples' to make them even more dependent.

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Nobuo Komiya, a Rissho University professor and an expert on drug offenses, An increasing number of youths have been arrested for suspected possession of cannabis, and experts are pointing to the danger that young people who buy "gateway drugs" will develop severe addictions to stronger drugs.

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Japan is really headed the other way when it comes to legalizing cannabis. While many other countries have relaxed laws pertaining to marijuana, Japan is cracking down harder, and I wonder why? What are they so afraid of pertaining to this one drug? Alcohol is ubiquitous as are cigarettes but these drugs are owned and controlled by the government, so they are ok I guess.

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"Gate way drugs ""idea dismissed as nonsense decades ago.

Gateway to pizza and choccie biscuits more like it.

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Alcohol is the biggest gateway drug. Try finding a junkie who didn’t start with the bottle.

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And for that matter, cannabis has been found to be the opposite of a gateway drug in places where legalization of cannabis has led to a decrease in opioid usage.

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As others noted the idea of cannabis being the "gateway" drug to more powerful substances defies logic.

Yes - some partakers will move on to "harder" drugs, but most won't.

I've never seen a substantial coverage of the dangers of alcohol in society - never - in all my years here.

NHK did a piece on exactly this article a couple of weeks ago, expressing the dangers of cannabis with an expert.

Even had a diagram showing how THC receptors in the brain are impacted and the resulting effects including loss of sense of time, euphoria and a decreased ability to carry out normal functions.

Ha, Ha - I thought. Those are the reasons people indulge - to relax.

And I also thought why do we never see the same diagram showing the impact of alcohol on the neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and the resultant effects?

Cannabis is held up as the boogey man by govt because they have no control over it and don't want it to compete with their huge involvement/connection with the alcohol & tobacco industry.

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Cannabis? A gateway drug? Riiiiiiiiight.

As others have said, there are far more alcohol and tobacco related illness and crimes than Mary Jane.

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I’ve had a number of conversations about cannabis with my wife regarding cannabis after the move to Canada. She was horrified that my dad was smoking it, and I had to explain he started with a doctors prescription, before it was recreationally legal. After a lifetime of being told it’s bad, it blew her mind that it can actually be very beneficial. Then we had to have discussions with our children when they smelled it out and about, and saw signs for it. The kids came around to these ideas much easier than my wife did. She still feels it’s wrong on an emotional level even if she’s come around to the idea on a logical level.

Ha, Ha - I thought. Those are the reasons people indulge - to relax.

It’s a feature, not a bug!

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Surely it is only a gateway drug insomuch as it gets people used to breaking the law and taking illegal substances. If it was legal it would be no more gateway than alcohol or tobacco are today.

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More low-resolution suppositions from J academia. The gateway drug angle immediately dissolves when you realize the only way it's a gateway is because you have to go through dealers to source it, and the dealers by their nature will also have access to harder and more dangerous drugs that they will try to push on their customers.

If it wasn't illegal you would never need nor meet them.

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This is what happens when most J-academics only read outdated Japanese research because they do not have the language ability or the confidence to work with relevant and up-to-date researchers from abroad.

REMEMBER:

Fax machines are still the communication of choice for some businesses, and tattoos alone are indication of criminal behavior.

How long did it take them to create a Japanese version of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Like a year or so after the pandemic was over.

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Japan is still not sure if women should have equal rights.

It would be obvious to believe their views about drugs are outdated!

-16 ( +6 / -22 )

I imagine companies would not like their employees to be stoned during work hours.

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This Nobuo Komiya has probably never bought a box of matches in his life, let alone smoked a joint, yet his is the voice of authority to Japanese people on this subject.

Complete brainwashing.

It’s backwards and pathetic.

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On the news today, old Japanese men and women are complaining that "taima" is dangerous and scary because people can bake it into cookies!

They are claiming that "taima" is a gateway to MDMA.

That had a 21 year old who testified that she ruined her life because she started smoking taima in school with her friends.

The video started with her being a first middle school girl (7th grader) behaving rude to her parents, disobeying her parents, and not going to school and only wanting to hang out late with her friends. This was before she began using drugs!

Then one day she went to her male middle school friends house to hang out alone, and he offered "taima" for the first time, so from that moment on she only wanted to smoke outside of school and later tried other drugs.

The commentators never attributed the girls problems to the poor parenting, so it is never the Japanese people's problem, it is always an outside thing or person (gaijin) responsible.

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Stimulants do not cause hallucinations. Fix the post.

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Stimulant psychosis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimulant_psychosis

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Stimulants do not cause hallucinations. Fix the post.

The "post" is a quote from a professor of Rissho University, you can't just "fix" a quote.

And Komiya is correct, stimulants can cause hallucinations,

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6483113

Impairment as a result of delusions or hallucinations is a prevalent side effect of stimulants

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On the news today, old Japanese men and women are complaining that "taima" is dangerous and scary because people can bake it into cookies!

They are claiming that "taima" is a gateway to MDMA.

That had a 21 year old who testified that she ruined her life because she started smoking taima in school with her friends.

The video started with her being a first middle school girl (7th grader) behaving rude to her parents, disobeying her parents, and not going to school and only wanting to hang out late with her friends. This was before she began using drugs!

Then one day she went to her male middle school friends house to hang out alone, and he offered "taima" for the first time, so from that moment on she only wanted to smoke outside of school and later tried other drugs.

The commentators never attributed the girls problems to the poor parenting, so it is never the Japanese people's problem, it is always an outside thing or person (gaijin) responsible.

Or the young girl was just a bad egg that was selfish, walked all over her parents and does not want to take responsibility for her own actions.

I saw the TV show, too! I also noticed there was a lot questionable behavior before she even started smoking weed, and the parents just allowed it.

It definitely seems like an excuse that the Japanese media and government is running with it since they are in cahoots!

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The possibility of weed being a gateway drug is usually if dealers deliberately lace their marijuana with other drugs to get their customers addicted.

Then after a follow up purchase, the customer notices the previous purchase was stronger and wants the same effect, so the dealer introduces the alternative more addictive drug that they laced the weed with.

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If this professor is correct, anyone having their first hit of gateway alcoholic beer will certainly be a looking for vodka when the beer is not doing it for them. No Dealer is stupid enough to lace their product. Unless you are a legal company and deal in Tabacco. Yes dealer cut their produce for profit. remember dealer are illegal businessman. That right Dealer of tobacco used advertisement with strong man doing man stuff to entice children to use their healthy produce. This professor sure is a waste of tax payers money.

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If this professor is correct, anyone having their first hit of gateway alcoholic beer will certainly be a looking for vodka when the beer is not doing it for them. No Dealer is stupid enough to lace their product. Unless you are a legal company and deal in Tabacco. Yes dealer cut their produce for profit. remember dealer are illegal businessman. That right Dealer of tobacco used advertisement with strong man doing man stuff to entice children to use their healthy produce. This professor sure is a waste of tax payers money.

Really????

Drugs and Substances Marijuana Can Be Laced With

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/marijuana-rehab/what-can-marijuana-be-laced-with

Is there not a fentanyl problem in the US for that exact reason?

What to know about fentanyl-laced canabis

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/fentanyl-laced-marijuana

It may be true for real weed heads, but for drug dealers with no morals and lots of competition. It feasible to believe that some will do what was mentioned above.

I still think Japan is over exaggerating the issue to the ignorant public to scare them for votes.

I was also right about Japanese poor parenting and the girl om the news was more to blame for her situation than smoking weed. She was already a problem child acting up and getting into trouble.

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Amazing how everyone is ridiculing this expert's knowledge of cannabis and "gateway drugs."

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The idea that cannabis is laced is one put forth by those who have never smoked cannabis or know about the industry. It’s fear mongering. Maybe it happened once or twice in history and yet literal tones of cannabis are smoked daily.

And if it were true, it’s all the more reason to legalize and regulate cannabis to prevent a mostly harmless drug with medicinal properties into being contaminated.

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It's possible. But not likely. Drug dealers are not going to go adding more expensive drugs to something to then sell on. If anything they do the exact opposite, cut it with something that doesn't cost anything but looks/tastes/smells similar. Maybe get your quotes from someone who actually knows drug dealers rather than some academic who has probably never even met one and has never had any real-world experience of that lifestyle.

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