Japan’s Health Ministry panel shows promising signs for Cannabis, Marijuana and Hemp derived medicines
Author: Hemp Health®
Posted: 30th September 2022
Japan has strict laws against Marijuana, Cannabis and Hemp use. Japan should approve the manufacture, import and use of cannabis-derived medicines, according to a panel of the health ministry.
The committee also stated that the country must do more to prevent recreational use. This was in response to a Thursday meeting. The possession of cannabis is illegal, but not its use. The panel however recommended that any unapproved use of the product be considered a crime.
Canada, some U.S. states, and some European countries have made recreational marijuana legal. Japan’s Health Ministry shows positivity towards Cannabis and Hemp. However, Japan has strict laws regarding possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Penalties for these offenses can be as severe as 10 years in Japan. According to a 2017 study, only 1.4% of people have tried cannabis. Celebrities who are caught with cannabis often make headlines.
The panel from the health ministry cited Epidiolex, a cannabis-based epilepsy drug that Japan has allowed for domestic clinical trials. According to the panel, even if such treatments were approved by the Health Ministry in the future, doctors will not be able prescribe them due to the limitations of the Cannabis Control Act.
Japan has legalized some CBD products, provided they are not made from seeds or stalks. Even if the psychoactive ingredient has been removed, medicines or any other products made from the plant’s other parts are illegal.
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