JP: Minister directs local government to ease restriction on hemp

Japan is currently home to some of the harshest cannabis laws on planet earth. Currently, possession of cannabis carries a potential prison sentence of up to 5 years in Japan. Also, the cultivation of cannabis carries a potential prison sentence of up to 7 years.

In 2019 Japan experienced a 21.5% increase in measured cannabis consumption compared to the previous year. That increase may sound alarming to some people, however, it needs to be put into context.

Consider the fact that only 1.8% of people in Japan report as having consumed cannabis at some point during their lifetime. That’s a minuscule number compared to 41.5% in Canada and 44.2% in the United States.

Obviously, it doesn’t take a lot of people consuming cannabis in Japan to spike the consumption rate. Even hemp is treated more harshly in Japan, however, that is thankfully changing. As per Tokyo Web:

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to issue a notice to prefectures in mid-September to ease regulations beyond rational guidance regarding industrial cannabis, whose cultivation method is being discussed. At the same time, from October, a forum for three-party discussions between the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, prefectures, and growers will be set up.

Domestic cannabis growers have obtained licenses from prefectures to cultivate varieties with extremely low content of the hallucinogenic component “tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” and produce fibers for rituals. However, strict regulations on the installation of surveillance cameras and fences in the fields and patrols have become a problem.

Read more at internationalcbc.com


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