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Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Israel Sparks Controversy
This week, Israel legalized the use of medical marijuana, to the vocalized delight and dismay of Israeli voters. Patients and advocates of medical cannabis in Israel and around the world are thrilled to have Israel on their political list of allies. Israeli protesters to the new legislation have expressed concern over what they fear will propose security risks and a potential advantages for Palestine.
Israeli officials have assured nay-sayers that they will keep a tight containment of their control on the cannabis. Israel's approximately numbered 6,000 patients will have to qualify for the medication and receive it from Ministry approved pharmacies. Some remain unconvinced that marijuana will be used medicinally and will contribute to dulled senses and delayed reflexes across the general population.
Jewish Joint Efforts
Jewish contributors have benefitted cannabis patients and the progression of medical marijuana acceptance worldwide.
Raphael Mechoulam, famed professor of chemistry at Hebrew University discovered THC over a half century ago. Until then, the chemical components of getting high were a mystery.
85% of American Jewish voters decried a Federal ban on the use of medical marijuana for patients who need it.
Ed Rosenthal, author and activist for safe and available cannabis, has made incredible strides in both American legislation and worldwide knowledge base on the benefits and proper use of cannabis.
Boaz Wachtel, Shlomi Sandak and Rafik Kimchi, cofounders of Israel's Green Leaf Party, worked tirelessly for over a dozen years to accomplish Israeli legislation. Mazal Tov, gentlemen!
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Cabinet agrees on arrangements and supervision of marijuana supply in medical centers and for research; 6,000 people in Israel currently treated with medical cannabis.
Passing the Pipe during Pesach?
Not advisable, according to the small but expert Ale Yarok, or Green Leaf Party in Israel. This Ashkenazi adhering taskforce spends most of the year championing cannabis rights and decrying the delay of decriminalization of marijuana for medical users. During the week of Pesach, the Ale Yarok advise abstinence. The seeds of hemp are considered kitniyot, which is not allowed to be consumed by Ashkenazi Jews during Pesach. Sephardic Jews do not eat kitniyot, but have no official qualms about smoking it and violating Pesach.
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