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Israel: Medical cannabis removed from the Dangerous Drugs list

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


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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. Continue Reading »

Israel poised to become global exporter of medical marijuana

Israel’s Public Security Minister opposed the recommendation, but still, an inter-ministerial committee OK’d the export of medical cannabis abroad, even after being warned how Israel may be unprepared to handle the ramifications of the export of this ‘dangerous drug.’

By Eli Senyor, Gad Lior


Israel will soon become a major exporter of medical cannabis and be one of the only nations in the world to officially export the plant to countries that approved it for medicinal use, all the while marijuana remains an illegal, controlled substance in Israel.

According to estimates, revenues from the export of Israeli cannabis could reach about NIS 1 billion a year. Continue Reading »

Medical marijuana to become more obtainable for Israelis starting in August


By making 100 physicians eligible to grant patients a license to obtain medical cannabis, Israel’s Health Ministry’s move is expected to ‘ease the pain’.



Starting in August, approximately 100 physicians will be able to grant licenses to patients who require medical cannabis to obtain it directly from their health fund clinics, Health Ministry associate director-general Prof. Itamar Grotto told the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse on Tuesday.

Committee chairman MK Tamar Zandberg said: “The news that came out this morning from the ministry is encouraging, and we will continue to monitor and ensure that it is implemented. Continue Reading »

New Israel-US partnership opens cannabis production lab in New Mexico


The manufacture of smokeless, accurately dosed cannabis medication, “with an equal THC – CBD ratio,” is now being produced to treat a wide variety of illnesses, according to the 2 partners’ ‘joint’ statement (no pun intended).



An Israeli and New Mexican company have joined forces to launch the first-ever pharmaceutical cannabis production lab in the United States.

The Lod-based Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Ultra Health have opened a facility in Bernalillo, New Mexico, that will manufacture smokeless, accurately dosed cannabis medication in a variety of delivery methods, the companies announced this week in a joint statement. Continue Reading »

Israel may become major medical marijuana exporter generating $250m in taxes


Israel is widely regarded as one of the world leaders in medical cannabis research, with about 50 medical cannabis companies, from the agriculture sector with its development of strains that treat a variety of illnesses & disorders to delivery devices, such as inhalers.



The Ministerial Committee for Legislation gave an initial nod on Sunday for the export of medical cannabis in what could be a windfall for companies in Israel, widely regarded as a leader in research in the field.

The initiator of the bill, MK Yoav Kisch (Likud), said the approval of his legislation could boost the Israeli agriculture industry. Continue Reading »

Israel moves to decriminalize cannabis for personal use


Minister Erdan explained that under the new policy, police would focus enforcement of laws against marijuana use in public spaces, not people’s homes, saying, “The goal of the plan is to prevent significant harm to regular people who have no criminal past.”

By i24news


Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday announced that he would move to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis – which would make Israel, already at the forefront of medical marijuana research, the first country in the Middle East or Africa to decriminalize the substance.

Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan - Photo: Facebook

Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan – Photo: Facebook

Erdan said people caught possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis would receive a fine, with criminal charges being brought only as a “last resort”. Continue Reading »

US cannabis firms invest millions in Israeli patents on medical marijuana


Already a pioneer in cutting-edge agriculture, the Jewish State has been attracting American companies looking to bring Israel’s medical marijuana know-how to an ever-growing market back home.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


Already a pioneer in high-tech and cutting-edge agriculture, Israel is starting to attract American companies looking to bring medical marijuana know-how to a booming market back home.

A nurse holds a medical marijuana cigarette at a Tel Aviv clinic belonging to Tikun Olam, Israel’s largest medical marijuana supplier – Photo: Reuters

Since 2014, U.S. firms have invested about $50 million in licensing Israeli medical marijuana patents, cannabis agro-tech startups and firms developing delivery devices such as inhalers, said Saul Kaye, CEO of iCAN, a private cannabis research hub. Continue Reading »

Likud MK Establishes Medical Marijuana Lobby at Israel’s Knesset




A Knesset loby for the use of medical cannabis has been established with Likud MK Sharren Haskel at its head, it was announced on Thursday. “It has become accepted that medical cannabis has significant health benefits and an important place in the development of the world of medicine,” Haskel said, “but there are many impediments to its use. The trend is to limit this development, even tough there are many seriously ill patients who need it.” Continue Reading »

Medical cannabis to be dispensed in Israeli pharmacies ‘soon’


After the approval by ministry’s professional medical board, Health Minister Litzman’s initiative to legally dispense medical cannabis at local pharmacies will be implemented.

By Moshe Cohen


Health Minister Yaakov Litzman’s plan to make it easier for Israelis to obtain medical marijuana is set to be enacted in the coming days, Army Radio reported on Thursday.

According to Army Radio, Litzman’s plan to sell medical cannabis in pharmacies, as well as an expansion of the conditions for which it could be prescribed by doctors, has received initial Health Ministry approval.

Although Litzman is Health Minister, such plans must be approved by a professional medical board, and such approval was received this week, the report said. Continue Reading »

Israeli Farmers Look to Medical Cannabis as Premium Crop


Many see the potential of medical marijuana, arguing it could be more lucrative to Israel than the newly found natural gas fields.

By Israel Today Staff


Israel is busy sorting out regulation for offshore natural gas reserves that are expected to be a boon for the local economy, while some argue that medical cannabis offers the Jewish state an even bigger financial opportunity.

Earlier this month, the Israel Loss Adjusters Association (ILAA) held a conference to discuss how Israel’s farmers could benefit from the growing global market for medical cannabis.

“The US cannabis market stands at $35 billion a year,” noted ILAA Chairman Doron Havkin.
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Medical marijuana has fiscal potential for Israel that equals natural gas

Like with Israel’s newly producing natural gas fields, licensing & taxing locally grown cannabis could be a boon for the gov’t coffers.



While Israel is busy sorting out regulation for the natural gas reserves off its shores, a development considered a boon for Israel’s economy, could it be missing an even bigger opportunity in the field of medical cannabis?

A worker carries sacks of newly harvested cannabis plants at a plantation near Nazareth. – Photo: REUTERS

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Historic Decision: Israel to Dispense Medical Marijuana At Pharmacies

Admitting to have never seen marijuana until last week, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, has decided that local pharmacies will be allowed to dispense prescription pot, under supervision, instead of the current inconvenience of only 2 locations in Israel.

By Yehuda Shlezinger & Israel Hayom Staff


Medical marijuana will soon be sold in pharmacies across Israel, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, who functions as the de facto health minister, announced on Monday during a Knesset committee meeting.

A licensed grower inspects medical marijuana plants in one of the greenhouses used to grow the drug in Israel

Marijuana will be sold to patients with prescriptions, and will be controlled like any other prescription medication. Continue Reading »

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


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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 »