The Israeli Government Plans to Legalize Marijuana
Israel could become the third country in the world to legalize marijuana for recreational use under a plan recently announced by the government. The recommendations from an interministerial committee call for the introduction of implementing legislation by the end of the month. Legalization would take effect nine months after the bill is approved by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
“It’s time to make progress and legalize cannabis in Israel,” said Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn. “This is a significant, holistic and responsible reform, which shows the State of Israel isn’t ignoring reality and is going in the footsteps of developed countries.”
Nissenkorn was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White alliance, which shares control of the current coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud bloc. The justice minister was joined by Likud M.K. Sharren Haskel and Blue and White M.K. Ram Shefa, who are overseeing cannabis policy for their parties.
Under the government’s plan, which Nissenkorn described as a balance b
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