Views from Tokyo: Should Japan follow Canada and legalize recreational marijuana?



What do Tokyoites and tourists think of Canada legalizing pot for recreational use? Could or should it ever happen in Japan? [Note: This video was created and …


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  1. Tax revenue should not be viewed as a positive thing. We can drink a gallon of bleach and die, which is totally legal. But somehow, smoking or taking any other drug is illegal. Shows how much these govnts care about the people.

  2. It’s hard enough to get marijuana legalised around the world.
    In Japan it’s so taboo, it’s like trying to legalise public masterbation.
    It’s fun, relieves stress & doesn’t hurt anyone, if you don’t like it, don’t look.. lol

  3. I live in a state where cannabis is legal and have smoked/vaped it nearing a decade and a half.

    From what I understand, Japan doesn't have any real established culture surrounding it, and finding people who actually smoke it is slim to none. If that is the case, I don't see even why it would be legalized. Should it in the name of human rights? Probably. 

    Personally, I find it extremely difficult seeing a situation where this issue would even be brought up in the first place. From what I have heard, the "do not get high" culture in Japan is something taken very seriously as a concept of honor and principle (even though alcohol is a drug as well, go figure). Apparently, even doctors have been facing issues of patients not taking their prescribed pain medications because of this cultural concept.

  4. 日本では第二次世界大戦までは麻薬は一般的で生活を助ける3種の草の一つとして大変有用に使われてきました。
    ただ、1948年にGHQが麻薬取締法を設置しました。
    日本のナショナリズムや軍国主義は日本の文化や行事でも使われる「麻」が原因にあるのかもしれないと思ったからです。

  5. Japan praised weed used it for everything for centuries, a lot of villages are even named after weed. until the US banned it after Japan lost the war. They will never let us change our law back 🙁

  6. Cannabis does not harm you. None of the compounds in it (THC, CBD, CBN, etc.) kill neurons in your brain, in fact they protect your neurons from damage and deterioration. It eliminates inflammation, heartburn, pain, IBS, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and many other symptoms. If it wasn't for weed I would be back in the hospital for acid burns in my esophagus and taking harmful benzodiazepines for anxiety or drinking alcohol. I implore the entire world to legalize it already.

  7. Alcohol is statistically more harmful than cannabis. Colorado has hit well over the billion-dollar mark annually on sales with nothing but growth projected into the future. Legalize it, tax it, and everyone is happy in Japan!

  8. hello, i live in Québec where it has been legalized and soon after the government got hands on some cash, they restrained the use in parck and recreatives area so now it is legal and way better handled since everyone can smoke in their houses if the house owner agrees. i intend to go to japan one day and i hope it will be legalized because i have seen way worse things happens with alcohol than weed. especially cars accidents alcohol related

  9. In the first 6 months of legalization of cannabis here in Canada, over 150,000 jobs have been created because of legal pot. Cannabis is not only safer than alcohol, but it is also safer than tobacco cigarettes. Cannabis can be used to help people to quit tobacco as well…

  10. Given Japan's widely embraced abuse of alcohol by drinking large amounts and the risks attached to it, having an option such as marijuana can give an option for people to relax without risk of liver damage, death by overconsumption and not having a severe hangover.

    Not everybody will like it, but by adding a physically safer option, Japan can reap benefits by reducing impact on work and reducing health care costs.

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