HOKKAIDO HAIRDRESSER NABBED FOR GROWING WEED USING COVID MONEY
A hairdresser in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido has been arrested on suspicion of growing weed at home by using the government's coronavirus aid money for individual proprietors, the Hokkaido Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare's narcotics control department has announced.
Shinya Ono, 41, of the Hokkaido city of Kitami had already been sent to prosecutors by Sept. 28. He stands accused of keeping 36.2 grams of dried cannabis and growing 54 plants at his house on Sept. 8, Misa Kikuchi reported for Mainichi Shimbun.
He has reportedly admitted to the allegations and was quoted as telling investigators, "I've had marijuana in my possession for several years and had been growing it to smoke it myself."
Ono reportedly used the central government's coronavirus cash handout for proprietors as well as small- and mid-size companies to maintain their businesses to purchase LED lights to grow the plants.
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