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2 Japanese students nabbed for cannabis possession after growing plans revealed to family

This file photo shows the Nara Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi/Narumi Nakatsu)

NARA -- Nara Prefectural Police on Feb. 9 arrested two high school students on suspicion of cannabis possession after one of them told his family he was going to grow the plant for profit -- prompting his father to turn him in.

The two 16-year-old students, both residents of the city of Nara in western Japan, were arrested on suspicion of violating the Cannabis Control Act.

One of the students attended a private high school and the other one attended a public school. The public school student was allegedly in possession of cannabis on Feb. 7, while the other student was found to have marijuana in his possession on Feb. 9. Police seized at least 5 grams of cannabis in total.

Police said the students were friends, and the public school student had a planter and lighting equipment at home. After he told his family about the cannabis, saying, "I think I'm going to grow it and make a profit," his father warned him, and then phoned police on the evening of Feb. 8.

The private school student also allegedly had cannabis seeds in his possession, and told police "I bought them through the internet and Twitter, and from sellers in Osaka."

(Japanese original by Akira Inoh, Yamato Takada Resident Bureau)

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