Marijuana plants discovered in building used by lawmakers in Japan

Marijuana plants have been discovered growing in an office building used by Japanese lawmakers.

Four marijuana plants were discovered by a visitor on Thursday growing on the premises of the building for members of the upper house, an official in charge of maintenance there told AFP.

“After we reported it to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, two Tokyo officials visited” and removed the plants, he said.

He added:

“They said the plants looked to be about two months old.”

To their defense, Japanese officials said “marijuana seeds can be carried by wind and bird excrement, and they said they will visit us again to ensure” the plants were unrooted completely and hadn’t spread.

Restriction on marijuana plants

Unlike Canada, who is about to legalize recreational marijuana on Oct.17, Japan has strict restrictions on drugs, both soft and hard including cannabis.

Possession of marijuana is punishable by up to five years in prison. However, CBD extracted from Hemp was legalized in November 2016. But the CBD derived from marijuana continues to be strictly prohibited.

In the past, sumo wrestlers, musicians, actors and college students have been arrested on various marijuana charges.