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Israeli Government Officially Recognizes The Therapeutic Value Of Cannabis — Pot Production And Distribution To Begin January 2012

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 10, 2011

    The Israeli government this week formally acknowledged the therapeutic utility of cannabis and announced newly amended guidelines governing the state-sponsored production and distribution of medical cannabis to Israeli patients.

    A prepared statement posted Monday on the website of office of the Israeli Prime Minister stated: “The Cabinet today approved arrangements and supervision regarding the supply of cannabis for medical and research uses. This is in recognition that the medical use of cannabis is necessary in certain cases. The Health Ministry will – in coordination with the Israel Police and the Israel Anti-Drug Authority – oversee the foregoing and will also be responsible for supplies from imports and local cultivation.”

    According to Israeli news reports, approximately 6,000 Israeli patients are supplied with locally grown cannabis as part of a limited government program. This week’s announcement indicates that government officials intend to expand the program to more patients and centralize the drug’s cultivation. “[T]here are predictions that doctor and patient satisfaction is so high that the number could reach 40,000 in 2016,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

    The Israeli Ministry of Health is expected to oversee the production of marijuana in January 2012.

    Similar government-sponsored medical marijuana programs are also active in Canada and the Netherlands.

    By contrast, in July the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) formally denied a nine-year-old petition calling on the agency to initiate hearings to reassess the present classification of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance, stating in the July 8, 2011 edition of the Federal Register that cannabis has “a high potential for abuse; … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; … [and] lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

    104 Responses to “Israeli Government Officially Recognizes The Therapeutic Value Of Cannabis — Pot Production And Distribution To Begin January 2012”

    1. Bry says:

      FUCK the government.

    2. DiamondInTheRuff says:

      tHANK YOU GOD. WHEW!

    3. TheOracle says:

      Mazzeltov!

      Congratulations to Israel! It’s the last nation on the planet I’d expect to wage war on its own citizens.

      Now if the U.S. government would only have a Pauline moment, a Road-to-Damascus moment!

      There is just too much evil, misery, and waste linked to cannabis prohibition! From executions for it in China and the Middle East to all the shit here in America!

      As painful as it may be for those who haven’t been

      financially ruined by cannabis prohibition,

      KEEP RUNNING THE ECONOMY INTO THE GROUND UNTIL

      CANNABIS IS LEGALIZED!

    4. A Concerned American Citizen says:

      Uncle Sam will continue to deny any scientific facts that support cannabis use and I venture to say they will threaten sanctions of some kind against the Israeli government for supporting medical cannabis.

    5. TrimtheLimb says:

      Welp thats it guys it wont be long now. As Im sure you all know that the jews pretty much own the major news outlets IE: CNN. So if their approving it as a culture we will be close behind. Plus money is envolved sooo……well you know.

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    7. TomT says:

      “a high potential for abuse; … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States”, that part literally makes me laugh out loud. It’s so factually a lie, it has now become laughable to most; including me.

      Oh and the other line that cracks me up also is “lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision.” I mean anyone with even a limited knowledge of the benefits of Marijuana, know that the statement is a factual lie.

      However with the way the U.S. is currently “struggling”, I would imagine we will be one of the last countries to change our laws over to the factual side.

    8. ron says:

      Kewl the more posative stances on Marijuana the better. Notice how the last paragraph notes how the DEA notes that cannabis has “a high potential for abuse” really? What about alcohol the hypocrites they go home and consume to relax after a hard days work? Last I herd alcohol has a very high potential for abuse and the withdrawls can kill a person. I work in a hospital and have for 20yrs and don’t think I have ever seen a pt in THC withdrawls. Hmmm Maybe the THC could help with the alcohol DT’S?

    9. DeborahTijerina says:

      The US Government has it’s head up it’s ass! Who are they to tell a Physician what is an acceptable drug. IN addition, their reasoning is that Cannabis has “a high potential for abuse;REALLY?????????????? Wake up and smell the alcohol! I don;t see how this is still an issue in 2011. Someone organize a massive civil disobedience showdown and let Washington enough is enough! We don’t need a daddy telling us what we can or cannot do. I am a consenting adult.

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