Farmers lodge legal petition for medical marijuana licenses

Farmers are demanding that the government act upon its December 2013 decision and issue additional licenses without delay.

A group of 10 farmers interested in growing medical marijuana recently filed a petition to the Jerusalem District Court, demanding that the Health Ministry increase the licenses available for producing the crop.

Although a government decision was made on the subject in December 2013, officials have still failed to issue licenses for those looking to begin growing cannabis for medical purposes, the farmers argued in their petition.

Because they have not yet been able to join the industry, the farmers said that damage is being caused to themselves, to those patients who may need the marijuana, and to the principle of fair competition.

According to government decision 1050, which was approved on December 15, 2013, the ministry was assigned to serve as the government agency responsible for regulating medical marijuana. In this...

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