Israel Police Chief Considers Having Cannabis Decriminalized
Insp. Gen. Danino reported the number of medical marijuana permits have jumped from 400 to 20,000 in just 4 years, adding, “If we really want to change the law & decriminalize use, or make some drugs legal, let’s do it properly.”
By Gadi Golan
“What will eventually happen here is that anyone with money will be able to get a permit [for medical marijuana], and anyone who doesn’t have money will be trying to get [cannabis] on the streets. Things are happening in the world, so we can’t stick our heads in the sand. We need to deal with this issue,” Israel Police Chief Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino told Israel Hayom on Tuesday. Danino addressed the country’s policy on cannabis in a speech to the members of the Beersheba and Negev Trade Bureau.
According to Danino, four years ago some 400 Israelis had secured medical marijuana permits, “but in no time, there are 20,000 permits today.
“Throughout the world, this has been a method of making [cannabis] legal. In California you can walk around in plenty of places and see signs offering a fake permit for medical marijuana for $50. We in Israel don’t want that. Because if we really want to change the law and decriminalize [cannabis] use, or make some drugs legal, let’s do it properly.”
Danino said that he had decided to establish a professional committee that would be charged with conducting a thorough investigation into the cannabis policies of other western nations and their implementation, as well as looking into the ramifications of making medical marijuana use legal in Israel.
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