Japan

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
Thu
14
Sep

Hi-tech agriculture has to match specific needs

Hi-tech agriculture has been riding a new wave of investment in recent years, with the Government viewing technology as key to restructuring the sector, achieving food security and improving produce quality. Nguyen Anh Phong of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development speaks to Viet Nam News reporter Nguyen Linh Anh about the new spirit of innovation.

Viet Nam has identified the development of hi-tech agriculture as the sector’s development orientation in the coming years. However, it is said that farmers have not grasped this concept fully and correctly. Can you comment?

Fri
12
May

Marijuana laws changing around the world

It's an issue that divides society - to smoke or not to smoke.

Throughout the world, a number of countries are slowing changing their laws around medicinal and recreational cannabis use. New Zealand's laws have stayed relatively the same for some time, with the exception of cannabis based products now being approved for use, but still tightly controlled.

So, which countries are leading the way in this area, and where can you use it either for fun, or for well-being?

Here in New Zealand, cannabis remains illegal to possess, and illegal to grow.

Medicinal use is tightly controlled but can be granted by the Ministry of Health.

Across the ditch it's a similar story.

Mon
06
Feb

Guam Visitors Bureau to research tourism-related medical marijuana

The Guam Visitors Bureau leadership wants to get more information before it takes a stance on a newly revived proposal to allow medical marijuana tourists into Guam.

GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight said the GVB board had requested for more information on the possible new market before throwing support for or against the idea.

GVB is in the process of putting together research findings, discussing the medical tourism venture with its off-island market offices, and gauging interests in those markets before engaging in the conversation, Denight said.

Mon
09
Jan

Japan's draconian marijuana laws against ongoing trends

On Oct 25, former actress Maya Takagi was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. The self-described “naturalist” took up residence on Ishigaki island five years ago. Also arrested was Takagi’s male companion, Shigenari Moriyama, who had been actively promoting the use of the weed, praising its effectiveness for anti-aging.

Last July, Takagi went so far as to declare her candidacy as a member of the Japan Renaissance Party, running for a seat in the upper house of the Diet. Her platform included legalization of marijuana for medical use. She was defeated, but voiced her satisfaction that the election helped him “get the word out to lots of people.”

Mon
19
Dec

Japan: Tottori Moves to Ban Cultivation of All Cannabis, Including Hemp

The Tottori Prefectural Assembly approved a revision Monday to a drug control ordinance to place a complete ban on growing cannabis, including hemp for industrial use.

The move followed the arrests in October of the president and two employees of a hemp processing company on suspicion of marijuana possession. The company was licensed by the prefecture to process hemp. This was the first case in Japan in which workers at a licensed firm were arrested for alleged violation of the cannabis control law.

Tue
08
Nov

Japan's War Against Medical Marijuana

Former actress Saya Takagi was arrested in Okinawa on Oct. 25 for possession of marijuana, three months after she unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Upper House election on a platform to legalize pot for medical purposes. She insists the contraband was not hers.

Mon
07
Nov

Japan's war against medical marijuana

Former actress Saya Takagi was arrested in Okinawa on Oct. 25 for possession of marijuana, three months after she unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Upper House election on a platform to legalize pot for medical purposes. She insists the contraband was not hers.

Tue
27
Sep

Japan’s New Hemp Mascot Is Changing Public Opinion Of Cannabis

Japan’s new cannabis mascot may mark the nation’s first step in loosening its harsh marijuana laws.

It is legal to grow hemp in Japan but only 33 farmers in the entire nation do so, seemingly because hemp derives from the same plant genus as marijuana, which is completely illegal.

Japan does not even have a medical marijuana program due to a strict ban on marijuana research.

The nation may be poised to further explore the cannabis plant, however, thanks to a hemp-loving female cartoon character.

Japan’s largest hemp farm, Hachijuhachiya, is located in Chizu, a town in the Tottori Prefecture.

The facility produces about 500 kilograms of industrial hemp a year to be used in deodorants, food, and textiles.

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