Lawmakers have high hopes for cannabis decriminalization

Joint left-right support for rehashed bill makes green light likelier than ever for recreational use

Don’t expect it to be hitting the shelves just yet, but newly proposed legislation could see Israel decriminalize cannabis for recreational use.

Under the move spearheaded by freshman MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home party), the plant would be legal for private use, with individuals allowed to keep small amounts of cannabis and derivative products in their homes.

Similar bills have been shot down in the past, but legalization activists have high hopes this time, after a group of eight Knesset members from across the political spectrum indicated they would support the budding proposal.

Drug dealing will still remain forbidden under the charter, as will smoking the plant in public, Magal indicated. He modeled his bill on an older one written up by Tamar Zandberg of Meretz, who gave him her blessing.

While such cooperation across...

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