Israel Moves to Decriminalize Recreational Cannabis

Israel Moves To Decriminalize Recreational Cannabis

Last week,Israel’s cabinet approveda proposed measure to decriminalize recreational use of cannabis, allowing it to go to a vote in the country’s parliament, the Knesset. If it passes there, as is expected, first-time cannabis offenders will face a fine of 1,000 shekels ($270), but criminal charges will only be brought on a fourth offense.Public Security MinisterGilad Erdan, who led the reform effort, said that “the government’s approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information and treatment instead of criminal enforcement.” LawmakerTamar Zandbergof the center-leftMeretzparty, chair of the Knesset Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse,said:“This is an important step, but not the end of the road. It sends a message that a million of Israelis who consume marijuana aren’t criminals. We will carry on following the details in the committee and ensure that the change is implemented.” The measure was based on the...

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