Israel

Tue
09
Jun

Israel: Marijuana decriminalization would penalize users under 21

New details on the legal efforts to decriminalize marijuana that emerged on Monday revealed that Knesset members are pushing to allow Israelis over the age of 21 to hold up to one plant, 15 seeds, and five grams of pot without penalty.

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.

Fri
05
Jun

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.

Thu
04
Jun

Marijuana Legalization in Israel: Recreational Cannabis Use Proposed By Israeli Lawmaker

Marijuana use in Israel for recreational purposes could become a reality if a recently-elected, first-term politician has his way. Freshman MK Yinon Magal of the Jewish Home party recently proposed the legislation, the Times of Israel reported, and he will likely have the strong support of his constituents and fellow lawmakers.

Wed
03
Jun

Farmers lodge legal petition for medical marijuana licenses

Farmers are demanding that the government act upon its December 2013 decision and issue additional licenses without delay.

A group of 10 farmers interested in growing medical marijuana recently filed a petition to the Jerusalem District Court, demanding that the Health Ministry increase the licenses available for producing the crop.

Although a government decision was made on the subject in December 2013, officials have still failed to issue licenses for those looking to begin growing cannabis for medical purposes, the farmers argued in their petition.

Because they have not yet been able to join the industry, the farmers said that damage is being caused to themselves, to those patients who may need the marijuana, and to the principle of fair competition.

Mon
01
Jun

Israeli Army considers easing up on soldiers caught smoking marijuana off base

Currently, soldiers caught using or possessing drugs, even on leave and only once, are prosecuted and, if convicted, given a criminal record - a much harsher policy than that of police toward civilians.

Army policies regarding consumption of light drugs are being re-evaluated, with an eye toward softening them, by military prosecutors. Particular attention is being given to light drugs consumed off base. Haaretz has learned that the possibility of softening army attitudes towards soldiers who are caught using light drugs on a one-time basis in civilian settings is being considered. Prevailing opinion is that such cases should no longer be automatically and indiscriminately transferred to military courts for prosecution.

Fri
29
May

Religion and marijuana: Where does Judaism stand on marijuana?

After looking at Islam and Hinduism, today we look at Judaism and its relationship marijuana in a modern contemporary setting. We'll find out whether Jewish Law prohibits the use of recreational marijuana and why. 

Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world - much older than Christianity and Islam. It's teachings are documented as far back at 8th Century BCE. Judaism is monotheistic and has approximately 14 million followers globally, a markedly small number considering it's influence on the Western world and long history.

Wed
27
May

LA Pot Reform Bills Advance, KS Pot Reform Bill Dies, NE CBD Bill Dies

Louisiana may be about to reform its harsh marijuana laws, but not Kansas; a Nebraska CBD cannabis oil bill dies, a Michigan legalization initiative goes back to the drawing board, the Germans and the Israelis grapple with marijuana policy, and more.

Marijuana Policy

Wed
27
May

Israel's Stance on Medical Marijuana

Israel, a nation rich in history and diversity, holds its reputation when it comes to medical marijuana research as well. It is the home of “the father of medical marijuana,” Professor Raphael Mechoulam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 1960s, JNS.org reported. 

Wed
27
May

Israel Police chief convenes team to draw up new marijuana policy

Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino is convening a team to examine possible changes to the police’s approach regarding marijuana users.

Tue
26
May

Religion and marijuana: Where does Islam stand on marijuana?

This week we will be exploring the status of marijuana within the worlds major religions. We will look at whether usage is condoned or condemned. We begin with Islam, a close second to Christianity as the most popular religion globally.

Islam is the doctrine of the Muslim faith. Like Christianity, it's a monotheistic faith which finds its roots in the Middle East. Islam was revealed to the world by The Prophet Muhammed, sometimes referred to as the Prophet of Allah (the Islamic word for God). The holy text of the Muslim people is called the Quran which is believed to be the word of Allah, dictated verbatim by Muhammad; The Quran is sacred scripture and is followed with dogmatic orthodoxy by the Muslim people. 

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