Israel To Legalize Marijuana In 9 Months, Justice Minister Says

This article was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.

Israel could have a legal recreational cannabis market up and running just nine months, the country’s justice minister said Thursday. Two bills are currently in front of the Israeli parliament to legalize adult use and possession and regulate marijuana sales.

The laws on the table would legalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 and decriminalize the possession of up to 50 grams. Home growing would not be permitted in the first stages at least.

“There will be stores that are authorized to sell cannabis and its use will [permitted] only in private homes,” Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn said at a press conference Thursday.

“The law will come into effect within nine months,” Nissenkorn added.

Woman smoking marijuana

Israel has the highest ration of marijuana users. (Realcontent/123rf)

An inter-ministerial committee formed to evaluate and give recommendations on the pending legalization legislation, published its recommendations in a report on Thursday.

“The harm of maintaining the current situation in which the purchase of cannabis is a …

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