So on the same day that two American states legalized Marijuana, a social studies teachers and baseball coach in Japan was fired because he was caught smoking weed. How much did he have? Enough for one bowel 0.5grams. Basically about a quarter of a ping pong ball full.
He was fired and had to confess. He said he smoked it in his house alone and listened to music because he enjoyed doing that and that he had been smoking for two years. They put this all on TV and in two news papers.
The police searched his house that is how they found it. Apparently someone told on him. I dont have the details but it was enough to allow the police to search his home. So he lost his job and the schools reputation has bee hurt. The principle had to meet and apologize to people today. And say oh I am sorry I should have noticed there was a problem... I kid you not.
One newspaper ever wrote that he smoked the pot to enhance his spirit while listening to hip-hop music. I am so sick of the socially conservative Osaka. By the way Hashimoto put out another rule about cigarettes too. Any teacher caught smoking on or OFF grounds will face a 5,000 dollar fine that's dollars not yen. I don't support smoking tobacco anymore than weed, but I believe everyone has a right to their own body and the punishment does not fit the crime. Hashimoto has got to go. Furthermore tobacco is legal for people over 19 in Japan and they have no right to restrict that right based on a person's occupation especially of school grounds.
The man who was fired was only 25 he was a great coach and good teacher too he had a bright future. They are ruining his life over a tiny bit of marijuana. I knew him personally and he is a very nice man who does not deserve this. Would you like to help him? If there is enough interest I am thinking of organizing something for him.http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20121108 ... 5000c.html
毎日新聞 2012年11月08日 11時26分（最終更新 11月08日 11時49分）