Israel: Cabinet vote on decriminalizing cannabis delayed a week

A vote on a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has been delayed a week due to opposition from Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.

The legislation was scheduled to come up for a vote in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, but opposition from two key ministers responsible for enforcing it has led one of its authors, Likud’s MK Sharren Haskel, to delay the vote “in order to reach an agreement with my faction colleague” Erdan.

The new policy would not change the punishment for those caught growing the drug in their homes or for users under the age of 21, the report said.According to the Hebrew-language online magazine Cannabis, which supports the measure, the bill would decriminalize possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis for anyone over the age of 21. Those caught in their home with a “personal”...

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