Marijuana law reform in Japan contingent on the message

Yeah, I could never see this happening. Maybe Osaka, but still at least not for a long time. I frequent Japan (pre-covid) and while booze and cigarettes are plenty affordable and it is legal to drink in public, I just couldn’t see Japan getting back on the cannabis train anytime soon. I have a few “hippy” Japanese friends and even they are afraid to smoke. Their reasoning, beyond being extremely illegal, is the potential to ruin their reputation, lose “face”, and not be able to be employed. Some of them will literally travel hours out into the middle of no where to enjoy, but in all the years I’ve been, no one has ever offered. This is just like my opinion, man, but there have been many times I wish I was able to smoke a joint late at night by the Kamo River in Kyoto.

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