Israel is set to vastly expand the access it grants to medical cannabis.
The increased access is attributable to a new law being submitted to the country’s governing body, the Knesset, and will expand access to both the forms of legal cannabis that may be purchased and the number of people who are allowed to cultivate the plant from which the product derives.
“We’re working to reorganize the field of medical cannabis in order to lighten the process for those who need it and, on the other hand, to make it harder for the material to trickle into the regular market,”
said the country’s health minister, Yaakov Litzman, who will be submitting the law.
“There is no reason to make things difficult for whoever really needs it, just because there’s someone who exploits it illegally.”
The law plans to expand the numbers of farms allowed to cultivate the plant. Additionally, any pharmacy found to be meeting the necessary criteria will be granted permission to sell the product. Reports indicate that medical cannabis will be sold throughout the country in the form of concentrates like oil, pre-rolled joints, and edibles.
The proposed law will be debated before the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee. Following a period of debate, it expected to receive passage.