In a surprised move on Thursday, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman decides to remove cannabis from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, making it available at local pharmacies for those holding a proper medical prescription.
By Sara Rubenstein
Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman decided to remove cannabis from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, enabling those with medical prescriptions to obtain cannabis at any Israeli pharmacy, according to a statement by Israel’s Health Ministry on Thursday.
“The Dangerous Drugs Ordinance will be changed and medical cannabis will be prescribed for certain medical conditions without requiring a license and approval from the Health Ministry, like any other medication,” the Health Ministry wrote in a statement.
“I made a decision to support the position of the Health Ministry to allow [medical cannabis] to be obtained by prescription instead of a licence for specific medical conditions,” Litzman said on Thursday. “This is not legalization and anyone who has not received medical authorization to use [medical cannabis[ won’t be able to obtain medical cannabis at the pharmacy But this step will significantly decrease the bureaucracy required for patients who need it.”
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