Israel: Future Health Ministry head wants state to subsidize medical pot

After appeal by parents of kids suffering from epilepsy, MK Litzman calls to add cannabis remedies to universal health care package

Ultra-Orthodox MK Yaakov Litzman, who’s set to take over the Health Ministry in the new government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, may pave the way for state-subsidized medicinal marijuana to be covered by national health care.

The United Torah Judaism party leader addressed the issue after parents of dozens of children suffering from severe cases of epilepsy turned to him for assistance.

But where pharmaceutical drugs failed, the parents said cannabis oil was more effective.The parents said medications currently included in the state-subsidized health care package inadequately treats their severe seizures.

Parents said they treat their children with concentrated cannabis oil — under Health Ministry authorization — but must cover the costs themselves, which amounts to approximately NIS 400 ($100) a month, according to a Channel 2 report on...

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