The government is poised to allow the use of medical cannabis to treat patients with intractable diseases, according to the outline of bills revealed on Tuesday, January 24.
The government is considering submitting the bills, including one to revise the Cannabis Control Law during the current Diet session.
The proposed revision would also criminalize the use of cannabis.
In countries including the United States and Britain, medicine made from cannabis plants is used to treat patients with intractable epilepsy and other diseases for which existing drugs are ineffective.
Cannabis plants contain a substance that has an intoxicating effect, which is one of the reasons why the use of cannabis in medicine is prohibited in Japan. The proposed revision would enable such patients to use drugs made from cannabis plants.
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