Netanyahu, Gantz Parties Agree to Enact Cannabis Reform

The parties said that the legislation will present 'a responsible model that will suit the State of Israel and the Israeli population'

Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
A medical cannabis greenhouse located near Tel Nof, February 5, 2020
A medical cannabis greenhouse located near Tel Nof, February 5, 2020Credit: Ilan Assayag
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Likud and Kahol Lavan have agreed to advance legislation to further decriminalize cannabis, said a joint statement released by the two parties on Tuesday.

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According to the statement, the legislation will present “a responsible model that will suit the State of Israel and the Israeli population.”

The parties added that they decided to go forward with medical cannabis reform, which will offer relief for patients and ease the licensing process for growers. Kahol Lavan lawmaker Ram Shefa and Likud lawmaker Sharren Haskel are promoting the joint legislation, and will present it to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation “as soon as possible and following proper administrative work,” the statement said.

Cannabis decriminalization reform went into effect on April 2019, making anyone caught smoking or in possession of marijuana for the first time face a fine of 1,000 shekels ($290). Second-time offenders have to pay a doubled fine. Suspects caught with marijuana for a third time would face a conditional procedure, an alternative to a criminal procedure where the suspect’s file could be closed under conditions set by the police.

Criminal proceedings against a marijuana user would be launched only if they are caught a fourth time.

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