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Taiwan: Government openly opposes cannabis decriminalization

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Saturday reaffirmed the government's strong opposition to legalizing cannabis after activists took to the streets calling for the drug to be decriminalized.

Wave Green, a group pushing for the decriminalization of cannabis in Taiwan, staged a demonstration on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office in downtown Taipei on Saturday, urging the MOJ to "stop the war against cannabis" and "clear the stigma" associated with the herb.

In response, the MOJ stressed that criminalizing marijuana is aimed at keeping people healthy and making society safe and stable.

It cited the World Drug Report 2021 filed by the United Nations as evidence in asserting that the long-term and regular use of cannabis hurts people's health and causes other harm to them.


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