Israel

Thu
17
Dec

The Outsourcing of American Marijuana Research

In 1964, Raphael Mechoulam rode a public bus from Tel Aviv back to his lab at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot while holding 11 pounds of Lebanese hashish in a plastic bag. He received his giant stash—the first of many over the next 50 years—from a police officer who had confiscated it from smugglers. “Advantages of living in a small country,” the chemist, now 85, says with a mischievous smirk.

Sat
12
Dec

Israeli Vets See Empty Promise in Medical Marijuana Program

After years of research into the question, in July of last year Israeli authorities made post-traumatic stress disorder the only psychiatric condition for which the Health Ministry will approve the use of medical marijuana. The decision, backed by the Israel Psychiatric Association, was a cause for optimism among many Israeli veterans suffering from PTSD.

Wed
09
Dec

Medical Marijuana Is Legal for PTSD in Israel, but Good Luck Getting It

Many doctors, however, say the clinical and scientific evidence is insufficient for a wider recommendation of the drug.

In July last year, post-traumatic stress disorder became the only psychiatric condition for which the Health Ministry approves the use of medical marijuana. The decision, backed by the Israel Psychiatric Association, was a cause for optimism among many Israelis suffering from PTSD.

But it wasn’t long before difficulties cropped up, like finding a psychiatrist to recommend cannabis and obtaining a permit from the Health Ministry. In public clinics psychiatrists don’t recommend medical marijuana or make haste in filling out the necessary forms. In private clinics the situation isn’t much better.

Thu
26
Nov

Israel: Technion to Open First Course in Medical Cannabis

The head of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, who was arrested for alleged involvement in Yisrael Beiteinu scandal, will be one of the instructors.

Wed
25
Nov

Poll shows rising support for Cannabis decriminalization among Israeli college students

Vast majority of students support decriminalization of the drug.

If it were up to college students in Israel, policy on the regulation on Cannabis would be drastically different, at least according to the findings of a recent poll.

As it stands today, Israeli law doesn’t differentiate between “hard drugs” like Heroin and Cocaine, and drugs generally considered less dangerous, such as Cannabis. According to the poll carried out by the National Union of Israeli Students, 89% of students would like to see Israeli law changed to reflect this perception that differentiates between the two types of drugs.

The poll surveyed over 10,000 students at institutions across the country.

Tue
17
Nov

Israel Holds Its Place in the Emerging Global Cannabis Market

David Schacter is the inventor of CannabiScope, an interactive cannabinoid mapping system that revolutionizes the way consumers choose the perfect cannabis strain. He has lived in Tel Aviv, giving him a unique viewpoint on one of the world’s most progressive medical cannabis programs.

There are some major differences between the way medical marijuana systems works in California compared to Israel.

Tue
10
Nov

Israel: Cops nab doc suspected in fake permit scheme for medical pot

Joint undercover operation busts nationwide cannabis ring.

An anesthesiologist took bribes to write false recommendations for medical cannabis for dozens of people, police said Monday, as he and with dozens of other suspects were arrested.

The chief suspect, Dr. Avraham Dotan, is a senior anesthesiologist at Wolfson Hospital in Holon. The 64-year-old doctor’s main alleged accomplice, 36-yearold Moshav Ametz resident Roi Habera, is accused of bringing him patients and brokering the deals.

Police said in court that they had already brought in 40 suspects for questioning on Monday, and that they plan to question as many as 130 people suspected of wrongfully receiving recommendations or of knowing information pertinent to the case.

Mon
09
Nov

Israeli doctor arrested in prescriptions for cannabis bust

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli doctor was arrested on suspicion that he took bribes to write recommendations for patients to receive medical marijuana.

The 64-year-old anesthesiologist manages a department dealing with patient pain at a hospital in central Israel, according to police.

An alleged accomplice also was arrested and accused of bringing in the “patients” and cutting the deals. Ten other alleged accomplices also were arrested, according to police.

Patients must obtain a doctor’s recommendation to receive medical cannabis, which is then approved by the Health Ministry.

Mon
02
Nov

How war made Israel good at creating medical tech

Last year, six of the 10 companies on Forbes’s Top 10 Health Tech Changing the World were Israeli.

The country, already known as an incubator of high-technology businesses, is a strong player in a growing global medical devices market, which is expected to grow by billions of dollars in the next few years, according to market research companies.

Investment in startup tech companies in Israel has grown to more than $5-billion (U.S.) in 2015, according to Jon Medved, Jerusalem-based founder and chief executive officer of OurCrowd, an equity-crowdfunding group for those investing in Israeli and global startups.

Mon
02
Nov

MMJ PhytoTech Ltd (ASX:MMJ) Quarterly Update Report

Perth, Nov 2, 2015 AEST (ABN Newswire) - MMJ PhytoTech Limited (ASX:MMJ) ("MMJ" or the "Company") today announces its activities report for the quarter ended 30 September 2015. 

Highlights:

- PhytoTech Medical and MMJ Bioscience merger successfully closed in late July, strategically positioning the Company as a vertically-integrated, Medical Cannabis ("MC") company with operations across the entire MC value chain and in key MC markets

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