Israel Set to Decriminalize Cannabis Use


Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:17 (The Israel Bible™) Israel is one of the world’s leading countries in medical marijuana research. (Kobi Gideon / FLASH90) Israeli lawmakers are set to decriminalize cannabis use for the first three times someone is caught using the drug for personal use. According to the bill, a person caught using cannabis would pay a fine of NIS 1,000 for the first offense, NIS 2,000 for second offense if done within the five years of the first, and a “conditional arrangement” for the third offense that requires the person to pay a fine or do community service, instead of facing criminal charges, reported The Jerusalem Post. However, children under 18, prisoners and previous criminal offenders are not covered by the new law, which is slated to take effect for only three years, so it can be observed and studied. Security Minister Gilad Erdan praised the law, saying he “hopes and believes that the law will prevent unnecessary incrimination of civilians, while also minimizing cannabis consumption, especially for our youth.” “I definitely hope that the money [collected] from the fines will be allocated for the establishment of a fund for education, information, treatment and rehabilitation of [drug] addicts, instead of taking the money to the state’s funds,” Knesset member Meirav Ben-Ari of the Kulanu Party, who is also a member of the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee that advanced the law on Monday. Israel Set to Decriminalize Cannabis Use

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