Leading haredi rabbi Chaim Kanievsky of Bnei Brak ruled that marijuana is kosher for Passover, and users can eat or smoke the drug during the eight-day holiday, the Times of Israel reported Tuesday.
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Rabbi Kanievsky explained that the plant, which is normally considered kitniyot, or a form of legume not permitted on Passover, is perfectly legal under Jewish law when used for medical purposes.
When presented with several leaves of the plant Kanievsky, who the Times of Israel called the leading halachic authority, was convinced right away — he said the leaves had a “healing smell” and blessed them.
He was responding to a request for a halachic ruling from the pro-marijuana group Sian.
The Times of Israel noted that another Israeli rabbi, Efraim Zalmanovich, had ruled medical marijuana kosher in 2013.
The Conservative movement ruled this year that all kitniyot, including legumes such as rice, beans and corn, are kosher for Passover — overturning a ban that has been upheld by Ashkenazi law since the 13th century.