Israel’s Knesset mulls medical marijuana

Bureaucracy surrounding medical marijuana permits often drives patients in need to break the law and turn to the black market, MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said Tuesday, in a Knesset committee meeting to discuss decriminalization of cannabis for personal use.

“The wait to receive medical marijuana can be as long as a year to two years, so that by the time it arrives sometimes it’s no longer needed. The bureaucracy causes sick people to become criminals and acquire cannabis illegally because they are waiting for a permit,” Slomiansky said.

His statement came during a meeting held by the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which was called by MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), the latter an outspoken supporter of Cannabis legalization and an admitted user of the controlled substance.

Lavie expressed her opposition to legalization and or decriminalization, and cited her experience...

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