No Arabica at the Olympics: The 2020 Tokyo games will be cannabis-free, warns organizers

Although cannabis is increasingly legal throughout the world, it is still against the law in Japan, which will play host to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This means consuming cannabis by Olympic patrons will be strictly verboten.

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ABC News reports that Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics, said at a press conference "There are countries and some regions around the world that have relaxed rules recently [related to cannabis]," speaking through an interpreter. "Unfortunately, the use of cannabis constitutes a violation of law [in Japan] and that needs to be thoroughly communicated."

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Muto said this issue was being conveyed by a concerned member of the Tokyo Olympic board, who wanted to alleviate any confusion as the games approached. "The comment from the member is that it's important that we inform all the participants that use of cannabis is prohibited by law in Japan," Muto said.

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Athletes at next year’s Olympic games won’t be able to use cannabis either. It’s among the substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for Olympic athletes.

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