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. Prince Charles says:

      I think I read this somewhere, 1 hin of olive oil, 500 shekels of myrrh, 500 shekels of cassia, 250 shekels of fragrant cinnamon, and 250 shekels of sweet CALAMUS, (which professional entomologists deciphered to be CANNABIS). Congradulations Israel for acknowledging God’s medicine –

    2. Bradson says:

      A side effect of normalized use of cannabis for medical reasons might be that, over time, we notice that regular users of presumably high-quality marijuana do not suffer from the many feared negative consequences that drug warriors have imagined. Maybe even prohibitionists will come to realize that, at any potency, this actually is a non-toxic plant that causes dramatically less harm to users than alcohol or tobacco.

    3. Young Smoker says:

      People our government doesnt want to give up the grip hold on marijuana. Why else would they own patents for it (U.S. Patent Office issued patent #6630507 to the U.S.Health and Human Services filed on 2/2/2001) yet they say it has no accepted value? Do you know that the people hired by the government to research marijuana is ONLY looking for negative sideaffects of marijuana and not positives? Look at what ness said on the 11th comment. He lives in Isreal and knows whats happening. Its taking the money form the growers that are just trying to get by and hands it over to a government who will spend the money on war and policing to protect their income. If Marijuana is legalized it won’t be from the will of the people but yet a government that has no where else to turn to gain income.. I have a feeling marijuana legalization will be too little too late for our country to try and rebound off of since the top ten percent and large corporations continue to want tax cuts putting us in debt a trillion a year.

    4. Young Smoker says:

      Sorry the patent is 6630507.. check it out!!

    5. ddd says:

      DEA you are not my authority. i feel sorry for them, the money in their pockets force them to be ignorant. yes it is sad and angering. but it’s a fallen soldier of love. it’s never funny.

    6. Owen says:

      This is great news! And, as the guy from tel-Aviv says this puts the Israeli government in the position of middle man. Bad News!

      This now makes 3 foreign countries – each no larger than America’s armpit (NJ) – 3 countries are now light years ahead of America on drug policy. SHAMEFUL!

      The DEA is a government funded terrorist organization.
      They are heavily armed, while pot smokers are generally unarmed. You call that a war? I call it DICTATORSHIP.

    7. Rebel with a Cause says:

      What a joke! Does anyone on this planet like to be laughed at? Michelle Leonhart [thinks] she knows more than Israel, Canada, Portugal, and the Netherlands. Perhaps it’s because she [doesn’t think]. Any way – ha! ha! ha!

    8. truthandconsequences says:

      It will be interesting now to see what pressure or sanctions the U.S. tries to impose on the Israelis for pulling their heads out of their asses.

    9. Scott says:

      Well as much as I don’t like the Israeli government… at least they changed something.. But they’re still controlling it too much. I wouldn’t be surprised if the USA is next in line for something like this. Whether you like it or not, the Israeli (jewsish) government has power in our country. Their lobby is very powerful, if they want it legal here it will be.

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