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Opie Ortiz of Long Beach Dub Allstars Discusses Being Arrested in Japan for Cannabis Possession

Connor Lovat-Fraser



Efrem Martinez Shulz, Ben Rispin and Opie Ortiz

On this week’s episode of Puff Digital’s Into The Weeds Podcast, Efrem & Ben set up at Programme Skate & Sound – a shop co-owned by Efrem in Fullerton, California – to interview Opie Ortiz of Long Beach Dub Allstars for the second time.

Fans of Puff Digital’s Into The Weeds Podcast may remember Opie from episode 11, where Opie and his brother, the Doobie Raider, shared stories of how they both got into the weeds. This week, Opie – being ITW’s first return guest – offers a different type of interview.

Opie Ortiz

Photo By Brent Kore

On episode 43, Opie shares his recent story about being caught, arrested, detained and imprisoned in Japan for cannabis possession and use. If you aren’t aware, Japan’s cannabis laws are extremely strict and the penalty for use or possession of trace amounts of cannabis can result in years of prison time.

A truly fascinating episode.


Listen to the interview with Opie Ortiz here:

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Connor is the Editor-In-Chief for Puff Digital and has been cultivating the written word for over twenty years. His background in music and entertainment landed his band “Boys Night Out” a Juno nomination in 2003, and the group’s 2007 concept album “Trainwreck” went on to garner a great deal of critical acclaim and inspire a theatre production of the same name. Connor believes that any time is a good time for anything.

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