Mie Prefecture shrine association gets license to grow cannabis for Shinto rituals

The Japan Times 

It is the first time the license has been issued in the prefecture. It was granted Thursday based on the Cannabis Control Law. The association, made up of officials of Shinto shrines, initially applied for the license with the aim of providing cannabis to shrines across Japan. But the prefectural government turned down the application in January last year, saying that cannabis is already produced in other prefectures and that foreign-grown cannabis and chemical fibers are available as substitutes. The association, based in the city of Ise, filed for the license again in January, explaining that it plans to supply cannabis only within Mie Prefecture.