Israel could soon decriminalize marijuana

With a vote on a new bill this week in the Knesset, Israel could soon decriminalize marijuana. The Knesset is Israel’s legislative body.

It voted unanimously to pass the bill on its first reading on March 7. Two more successful votes are required for the measure to become law.

The law changes penalties for those caught possessing cannabis in public. Fines would replace jail time for most offenses.

Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan leads the effort to pass the bill.


Israel's parliament unanimously votes to progress cannabis decriminalization

'The law is far from perfect, but it's a foot in the door on the way to full legalisation'.

A bill to decriminalise¬†cannabis¬†use passed was unanimously in its first reading in¬†Israel‚Äės parliament.¬†

The proposal would mean those caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. 

First-time offenders would be fined 1,000 shekels (¬£209), second-time offenders fined double and those caught a third time would face a ‚Äúprobation‚ÄĚ period.¬†

Only on the fourth offence could individuals be subject to criminal proceedings. 


Cannabis is safe and effective for elderly patients, says study

Cannabis therapy is safe and effective among elderly patients diagnosed with chronic pain, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

Researchers from Hebrew University and the Ben Gurion University of Negrev in Israel assessed the use of therapeutic cannabis over a period of six months in a cohort of 1,186 patients above 65 years of age. The majority of patients enrolled in the trial suffered from pain or cancer. Under an Israeli federal program, over 32,000 citizens are licensed to utilize cannabis therapy.


India‚Äôs cannabis economy has a new hope‚ÄĒPatanjali

India’s leading ayurveda-based products maker now wants to ace cannabis research.

Patanjali Ayurved is stepping up studies on the plant’s medicinal and industrial properties, its chief executive Balkrishna told Quartz.

‚ÄúIn ayurveda, since ancient times, parts of cannabis (hemp), for instance, have been used for medicinal purposes. So, we are looking at various formulations. We should ponder over the benefits and positive uses of the cannabis plant,‚ÄĚ Balkrishna said over a call.

At its research and development centre in Haridwar, a team of some 200 scientists is looking into the benefits of various indigenous Indian plant species and their extracts for use in medicines and other products. Cannabis is one of them.


Which city in the world has the cheapest cannabis ‚Äď and the most expensive?

A new survey of the cost of buying marijuana in 120 cities around the world suggests it is most expensive in Asia ‚Äď but not necessarily cheaper in those cities where it is legal.

The highly variable cost of cannabis in cities around the globe indicates that prices do not necessarily come down with increased consumption ‚Äď or even legality, according to a new survey.

The 2018 Cannabis Price Index, compiled by Seedo, an automatic cultivator device company based in Tel Aviv, claims to give the going rate for cannabis in 120 cities, ranging from £22.86 (US £32.66) per gram in Tokyo to less than £1 ($1.34) in Quito.

The five most expensive global cities to buy marijuana


Dublin ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world to buy cannabis

Indians just keep on rolling.

Delhi and Mumbai ranked among the world’s top 10 cities with the highest rates of cannabis (marijuana or weed) consumption per year, according to a study by Seedo, an Israel-based firm that sells devices to grow weed at home.

Across the border, Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, where cannabis trade is illegal, is the second-largest consumer of cannabis across the 120 cities surveyed for Seedo’s 2018 Cannabis Price Index.

In fact, these south Asian cities also sell some of the cheapest cannabis in the world, priced at between $4 and $5 for a gram, albeit of lower quality. On the other end, India is also home to one of the most expensive varieties of hashish.


Singapore starts medical marijuana research

Singapore will embark on developing synthetic medicinal cannabinoids as part of its new Synthetic Cannabinoid Biology Programme.

The programme is part of a S$25 million (RM74 million) research initiative called the Synthetic Biology Research and Development Programme, which will be conducted over a period of five years.


Thailand Is on the fast-track to legalizing Medical Marijuana

Thailand is on the fast track to legalizing medical marijuana, the country's Narcotics Control Board director, Sirinya Sitdhichai, announced this week. After decades of extreme drug prohibition, the Thai government is now planning to rewrite their drug laws, allowing medical cannabis to be sold to anyone with a doctor's prescription.


Israeli Marijuana is growing, but exports have nowhere to go

With dozens of Israeli growers and manufacturers receiving licenses to produce medicinal cannabis, bureaucratic roadblocks and ministerial infighting could leave the marijuana to eventually rot or be sold on the black market, costing companies more than NIS 1 billion.

Last week, the cabinet hinted that it would approve exports of medicinal cannabis during the 2019 state budget vote, only to dash hopes by leaving the measure out.

The government reportedly told Israeli medicinal marijuana companies that their exports would be approved by 2018, according to industry employees. That persuaded the companies to embark on multi-billion shekel investments, some of which could now be in jeopardy.


Cannabis research may yield new diet drug, Israeli researcher says

While cannabis science in the U.S. remains heavily politicized and mired in red tape, our international ally, Israel, is racing ahead.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m., The California Israel Chamber of Commerce, American Friends of Hebrew University, and financial advisors WGD Partners host a V.I.P. cocktail reception and discussion with Dr. Yossi Tam, Director of Cannabinoid Research at the Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The center, established in 2016 to foster research collaboration, includes 30 different scientists working on cannabis research projects.


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