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Meretz campaigning to legalize cannabis proclaiming, ‘A million people are not criminals’

To prevent disastrous result on March 17 elections, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg convenes cadre of experts on medical marijuana, hoping to strengthen her faction’s base.

By Roei Eisenberg


With a low turnout, illustrating the electoral danger that Meretz faces in the upcoming election, the perennial underdog convened Sunday a cadre of experts on medical marijuana to strengthen its base and prevent a disastrous result on March 17 that would leave the left-wing short of its most vocal champions.

Zandberg at Meretz cannabis legalization conference. – Photo: Roei Eisenberg

The activists who gathered at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv did not show a hint of the potential defeat in the elections, and responded with full conviction when confronted with the possibility. Continue Reading »

Second Israel-Based Marijuana Pharmaceutical Firm Headed to Wall Street

OWC a marijuana pharmaceutical company is now in negotiations with a number of leading Israeli hospitals for pre-clinical trials to treat PTSD, fibromyalgia, and seizures.

By i24news



The Israel-based One World Cannabis (OWC) company will be traded over the counter on Wall Street, joining other traded Israeli companies involved in the marijuana industry, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

One World Cannabis, which was founded only this year, is involved in research and development for marijuana-based treatments for a variety of medical conditions.

The company recently raised some $2 million from private investors in Israel, the United States and Singapore, and will hold another fundraising round soon.

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MK Moshe Feiglin threatened by former MK Hazan over medical marijuana distribution


Channel 2 news reported MK Feiglin squabbling with former Likud MK Yehiel Hazan over the medical cannabis distribution by Sarel, a company whose CEO is a friend of Hazan’s
• The reason for Feiglin’s intervention is his desire to open the distribution market, forcing prices down considerably.

By Mati Tuchfeld


MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), who supports the legalization of soft drugs, was threatened by a former MK of his party, Yehiel Hazan, who is also a close associate of the chief executive officer behind the company that has sole distribution rights for medical marijuana in Israel, a Channel 2 news report said on Monday.

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Israel declines requests of being world’s medical ‘pot dealer’


Although Israel has the climate & know-how to be the major exporter of medical marijuana, it doesn’t want to.


The Czech Health Ministry would like to import medical marijuana from Israel, but the government has not arranged for local growers to export the drug.

Medicinal marijuana

Growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed. – Photo: Reuters

Visiting here last month, Czech Health Minister Svatopluk Nemecek dropped by a medical marijuana operation on moshav Ein Irron. The logistic center there is operated by Bazelet — the marijuana division of the Barak Group, a medical supplier that serves five of the eight authorized growers of medical marijuana in Israel.

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Unique Israeli study examines after-effects of medical marijuana

Israeli Health Ministry expert says no similar in-depth research has been performed anywhere.



Medical cannabis has been getting a lot of good press in recent years. Reports and patients’ testimonies of how they benefited from ingesting the plant or its extract have spread rapidly and the Health Ministry’s medical cannabis unit issues some 50 new permits for using it weekly.

Medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis. – Photo: Emil Salman

But while the demand for cannabis is soaring, many questions remain open regarding its effects. An Israeli study now aims for the first time to find out whether patients experience any after-effects, how many of them stop using it and why.

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Israeli weed smokers gasping for lower prices


With construction of security border-barrier on the Egyptian border coming to an end, the number of Israeli drug consumers goes down because prices are now sky-high.

Police say Eastern Jordanian frontier may become alternative route for drug trafficking.

By Reuters


Israel’s newly fortified Egyptian border has delivered a severe blow to drug smugglers, forcing its hashish and marijuana smokers to deal with a new kind of high – soaring prices.

IDF Desert Worriers keeping their eyes focused on the border. Photo: Courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The ravines that snake past rocky red mountains once provided a popular, low-risk route for traffickers to run drugs, women and African migrants into Israel over the southern frontier along Egypt’s Sinai desert. Continue Reading »

Ynet EXCLUSIVE: Medical marijuana requests in Israel to go online next week


New Health Ministry website will allow patients to seek immediate doctor’s approval for use of medical cannabis, a process that until now, unfortunately, has taken months.

Dr. Itay Gal


Israel’s war on medical marijuana seems to be coming to an end: Ynet has learned that the Health Ministry will next week launch a new website for patients to make an online request for cannabis to treat their illnesses. The website aims to make a significant dent in waiting times for treatment, with requests going immediately to medical experts for approval.

Even as far back as the 1800s, scientists realized that marijuana had many beneficial effects. - IsraelandStuff/PP

Scientists realized back in the 1800’s that marijuana had beneficial medical effects.

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Knesset Member Moshe Feiglin: Cool on Palestinians but, Hot for Pot

MK Feiglin’s support for liberalizing the marijuana laws in Israel derives, in part, from personal considerations. His wife suffers from Parkinson’s disease & uses cannabis to alleviate her symptoms.


An Israeli medical marijuana patient getting help inhaling the drug. (Tikun Olam)

An Israeli medical marijuana patient getting help inhaling the drug. – Photo: Tikun Olam

Aside from a small green sign, the clinic is unidentifiable, its one window blocked with a sheet and covered with chains. A single metal door is guarded by a man with a large knit yarmulke, ritual fringes and a holster hanging below his belt.

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Israeli Study: Cannabis provides relief and could stall Crohn’s disease

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Israeli Rabbi Decrees: Grass is kosher if it’s medicinal

If grass is administered to relieve pain, then the person giving it is “performing a mitzvah,” and the person using the drug is using it “in a kosher fashion.”




TEL AVIV (JTA) — An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana is kosher, but using weed for fun is forbidden.

Marijuana leaf - Photo Reuters

Marijuana leaf – Photo Reuters

Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, made the distinction in a recent halachic ruling, NRG, the news site of the Maariv daily reported on Friday. Leading rabbis frequently weigh in on matters of reconciling halacha, or Jewish law, with modern living. Continue Reading »

Number of doctors in Israel prescribing medical marijuana to double

Likud MK  says number of physicians who prescribe medical marijuana will rise from 9 today, to 20 by year’s end.


The number of physicians allowed to prescribe medical marijuana will be raised from nine to 20 by the end of this year, Likud MK Haim Katz, who chairs the Knesset Labor, Social Welfare and Health Committee said on Monday. In a raucous session, Katz said that a subcomittee will be formed to discuss intensively, demands by patients groups to get medical cannabis more easily to relieve their pain and other side effects of serious illness.
Marijuana leaf - Photo Reuters

Marijuana leaf – Photo: Reuters

Cannabis is used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite and other symptoms. Continue Reading »

8,000 soldiers voted for party to legalize pot

8,000 IDF soldiers cast votes for Aleh Yarok  party, which also supports shortening IDF service

By Yoav Zitun


Some 8,500 absentee ballots, most of which were cast by IDF soldiers, went to the Aleh Yarok (Green Leaf) party, famous for its pro-legalization platform.

Soldiers vote for legalization – Photo: Shutterstock


The party failed to cross the 2% election threshold, receiving only 1.15% of the popular vote with 43,725 votes. However, if the Knesset would be formed solely according to the absentee votes (known in Israel as double envelope votes), the party would have received four to five Knesset seats. Continue Reading »

Jewish grown pot activist hits new high with Colorado’s marijuana legalization

Mason Tvert stood behind successful campaign  which led to passage of marijuana legalization on November 6 election.


NEW YORK – Say what you will about Mason Tvert, the Jewish activist behind the marijuana legalization campaign that passed in Colorado, the man clearly has a sense of humor.

Marijuana seized by the Police. - Photo: Israel Police

Marijuana seized by the Police. – Photo: Israel Police

Some years ago, in his efforts to persuade the public that marijuana is far less of a health menace than alcohol, Tvert famously challenged both the mayor of Denver and the heir to the Coors brewing fortune to a sort of intoxication duel: Tvert would smoke pot while the others drank, and they would see who dropped dead first.

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Knesset Members split on pot legalization in Israel

Some Israeli politicians advocate permitting its use now that two US states legalized marijuana for recreational use.



Some politicians were ready to pass a joint around on Wednesday to celebrate recreational use of marijuana being legalized in Colorado and Washington – but most who expressed opinions on the issue advocated medical use only.

Woman smokes a marijuana cigarette [illustrative]

Smoking a ‘joint’ – Photo: Toussaint Kluiters / Reuters

Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday in defiance of federal law, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the Obama administration.

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Israel expanding its medical marijuana industry

The number of Israelis who have official gov’t permission to consume marijuana increasing dramatically. ‘When people see how suffering people are benefiting, I’m sure everyone will get behind it,’ Minister Edelstein says.

Holocaust survivor: It’s helping me cope

By the Associated Press

Moshe Rute survived the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago. He became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife’s death last year.

Illustrative – Photo: Shutterstock

“But after I found this, everything has been better,” said the 80-year-old, as he gingerly packed a pipe with marijuana. Continue Reading »