Israel Police chief convenes team to draw up new marijuana policy

Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino is convening a team to examine possible changes to the police’s approach regarding marijuana users.

About two weeks ago, in response to a query from Habayit Hayehudi MK and former journalist Yinon Magal, Danino said there was a need to reexamine police handling of cannabis smokers. Since then, the two have met again several times, and Danino recently advised Magal of the formation of the team, which will revisit policies relating to the opening of criminal files, arrests and police searches directed at marijuana users. Danino is also expected to appoint police Maj. Gen. Meni Yitzhaki to head a team that will look into medical marijuana use in Israel and also examine comparable marijuana policies in other countries.

In an appearance before high school students about two weeks ago in Beit Shemesh, Danino said the time had come for the police, together with the...

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