Japan

Wed
07
Aug

Japan’s conservative attitude to cannabis is softening

Cannabis has long been part of traditional medicine in Asia. In Japan, the earliest traces can be found as far back as 8,000 BC – this may be the earliest ever recorded. 

It is only since the mid-twentieth century that usage has become heavily restricted, due to changing western opinions and the enforcement of UN drug treaties. As a result, attitudes across Asia have now become some of the most conservative in the world. 

However, that stance is beginning to soften. Thailand’s recent legalisation of medical cannabis represents a watershed moment for the continent as they followed the lead of South Korea, who surprised many to become the first east Asian country to legalise medical cannabis in November 2018. 

Tue
09
Jul

Hemp stakeholders in Japan launch strategy for industry revival

Stakeholders in Japan have launched a “Campaign to Re-Open Japan for Hemp,” aiming to revive the ancient crop for agricultural regeneration and innovation. 

While hemp has a tradition in Japan going back centuries, the country has remained strictly aligned with outdated international norms that conflate hemp with marijuana.

“Our aim is to overturn the present closed situation in Japan,” said Dr. Harumi Kikuchi, Director of the Hokkaido Industrial Hemp Association, which is leading the hemp revival effort.

Goal: 20,000 hectares

“Japan, where the population is aging, is a promising market for hemp products necessary for good health. We need a strong campaign to increase imports for domestic distribution,” Kikuchi said.

Mon
24
Jun

Japanese students more open to use of marijuana, survey suggests

Japanese junior high school students have become more open to the use of marijuana, in part due to the influence of the internet, an official survey suggested.

In the biennial survey conducted last year by the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1.9 percent of about 70,000 junior high school students polled said they do not mind at all about its use or do not mind if just a little is used, up from 1.5 percent in 2016.

While the number of juvenile cases involving marijuana use is on the rise in Japan, of the respondents, 0.3 percent said they have experienced taking illegal drugs, including stimulants. The percentage remains unchanged from the previous survey.

Tue
11
Jun

Tokyo Olympics next year: Faster, stronger, but not higher

The famous Olympic motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger. Next year in Tokyo, it could be shortened to only "Faster and Stronger." Higher is out.

That was part of a warning on Tuesday from Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics.

Cannabis has been legalized in some parts of the world, but Muto reminded potential visitors to the games that the substance is against the law in Japan.

Muto said at a news conference that at least one member of the executive board brought up the issue at a meeting.

Thu
25
Apr

Here’s why weed tea is such a hit in these countries

Tea has been around for centuries; so has cannabis-infused tea. It appears the first recorded medical prescription of marijuana, way back in 2737 BC, was actually in the form of cannabis-infused tea.

Fri
29
Mar

Cannabis-derived Epidiolex cleared for clinical trials in Japan for Dravet, Lennox-Gastaut Syndromes

In a departure from general government policy, Japan has approved the cannabis compound Epidiolex for clinical trials in epileptic patients with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.

Thu
21
Mar
Tue
23
Oct

As Canada legalizes recreational marijuana, Japanese citizens warned the law from home may apply

Canada’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, which went into effect last week, has prompted the Japanese government to issue warnings that Japan’s law on cannabis use may apply to its nationals even when they are abroad.

In an Oct. 4 message posted on its website, the Japanese Consulate in Vancouver said that while Canada was set to legalize the possession and use of marijuana on Oct. 17, acts such as possessing or purchasing the drug are illegal in Japan and are subject to legal penalties. It said the Cannabis Control Law may be applicable for actions taken overseas.

Fri
01
Jun

Australian brand launches first Japanese medicinal cannabis campaign

Australian medicinal cannabis company Elixinol has launched Japan’s first campaign advertising their products following a long-fought battle with regulators.

The ASX listed company has become the first to gain approval for a billboard advertising cannabidiol hemp oil – commonly known as CBD – in the country where medical marijuana has faced a fierce backlash by lawmakers.

Although CBD was legalised in November 2016, brands have so far struggled to gain approval to market their products, Elixinol Japan’s boss said in a statement.

Mon
05
Feb

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