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Marijuana Use Spreading in Japan, Oh Noes

March 3rd, 2009 by Perry

Japan

A U.S. report on drug control showed widespread marijuana use in Japan, one of the largest methamphetamine markets in Asia. Citing a number of high-profile arrests in the last year, the captures may be considered possible contributing factors to the drug’s rise in popularity.

The reports also suggests Japan is filling a void from the closure of alleged state-directed drug trafficking in North Korea and the closure of mega-labs in the Golden Triangle region.

It could also be that in a lot of other countries in Asia you can be beaten, imprisoned for life or executed for even moderate offenses, making Japan relatively soft on drug offenses.


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