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Kosher Cannabis? Israel Says O.K.

Updated on August 13, 2011

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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!

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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      6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Thank you so much for this article. I am a person that has massive injuries that give me much pain that is on going. I have 2 choices take pescription narcotic pain killers, then take another drug to make my bowels work.

      Or smoke Marijuana, the funny thing is 'smokeing Marijuana relives the pain 100%' will not bind me up, and gives me a great pain free life, but here (Aust) it is against the law.So were do I go from here, be a happy pain free lawbraker, or use verry heavy narcotics????

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      Mrs. H. 

      7 years ago

      Great hub! I love the dispersed information and the accessibility to culture!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I am sure this is a controversial topic but if it will help in medical field and not misused the legalization will be in the positive light.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination from ripplemaker and the Hubnuggets team. To read and vote, this way please: Best of luck!

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      Kari Herreman 

      7 years ago from Ontario, California

      Thank you for reading! I do have dual interests in cannabis legislation and Judaism. Again, thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Great hub Kari - it seems clear in your writing that this is an area of interest for you, and it seems to have paid off with a nomination. Congratulations, and well done. Really enjoyed reading this.

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      Kari Herreman 

      7 years ago from Ontario, California

      Thank you! I am honored to have been nominated! Thanks for reading!

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. Welcome to hubpages.

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      You are welcome, I am so happy you are doing well with your writing

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      Kari Herreman 

      7 years ago from Ontario, California

      Thank you, Manthy! I am an ardent supporter of legalization. Hoping to tie my passions together in my writing. Thanks again for reading, and for voting up.

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Thanks for posting the hub to keep us all up to date with the international Marijuana laws, It is a good hub, I didn't realize that it had passed.

      Good work - I voted it up and useful


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