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*Buzzarro* In Japan, Buying Marijuana From A Vending Machine

JAPAN TIMES/KYODO NEWS (Japan)

YOKOHAMA - Japan is known for its vending machines: there is one on every street corner, selling anything from underwear and socks, to toys and green tea. But here's one you may (or may not) be jonesing for: a vending machine that sells marijuana.

Last week police in Kanagawa, near Yokohama, raided a general store for selling "herbs containing cannabis-like ingredients' reports the Japan Times. The shop's owners weren't dealing drugs from behind the counter, but instead took advantage of a legal loophole allowing them to install a vending machine -- and pretend they don't know what's inside.

"Unless illegal ingredients are found in the drugs, police can only request that sale be restrained," explains the newspaper. "Even if illegal substances are found, most vendors claim they are unaware of the fact."

Police believe that there are more than 390 such vending machines around Japan.

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Geopolitics

Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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