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Japan is poised to legalize medical marijuana

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The year is in the spring, and at the beginning of 2023, the process of legalizing medical marijuana in various countries has been significantly accelerated, and new measures and laws are constantly being lifted.

According to Japanese media reports, according to the outline of the bill announced on January 24, the government is preparing to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat patients with difficult diseases, including epilepsy and other diseases for which existing drugs are ineffective. The government is considering introducing bills during this session of Congress, including a bill to amend the Cannabis Control Law. The proposed amendments would also criminalize the use of marijuana without a prescription.

This is an important step forward for Japan, which has been slow to embrace the medical benefits of medical cannabis despite mounting evidence that it is effective in treating a variety of ailments.

One of the main reasons Japan has banned the medical use of marijuana is that it contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient. However, the proposed amendments would allow patients to use medicines made from the cannabis plant without fear of legal repercussions.

The proposed amendment to the Cannabis Control Act will be tabled during the current Diet session and, if passed, would bring Japan in line with other countries that already recognize the medicinal benefits of marijuana. This would be a positive and well-anticipated development for patients suffering from conditions where the use of medical marijuana has proven to be an effective alternative.

And in October last year, the Japanese Ministry of Health had proposed amendments to the country's drug law, including a proposal to allow the import of medical marijuana products to meet the medical needs of citizens and evolving international standards.

In Japan, while growing, importing, selling and possessing marijuana is currently a criminal offense, consumption is legal. Specifically, CBD products produced from straw or seeds are also legal.

It is believed that 2023 will be a crucial year for the legalization of medical marijuana in Japan.


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