Article by Zach Harris, Merry Jane
We reported a couple weeks ago about how Israel made the radical move of decriminalizing cannabis nationwide, and it appears that the move was definitely not a fluke. Israel has doubled down on their dedication to marijuana by now approving preliminary permits for 37 proposed medical marijuana cultivation facilities.
Medical Marijuana has been legal in Israel since the ‘90s, but with special sanctions surrounding the drug, cannabis cultivation didn’t truly start in Israel until a 2011 resolution established the country’s Medical Cannabis Unit. But in the six years since, Israel has granted permits for just eight cannabis production facilities.
A 2016 resolution added more regulations to the industry and opened the door for more permitted canna-businesses, but that still hasn’t resulted in any new grow-ops. As a result, Hagit Weinstock, an Israeli cannabis attorney, entered the picture and petitioned the local government and police to do their jobs and perform security checks on would-be cannabis producers.
Weinstock’s pressure paid off, as 37 farmers were recently awarded preliminary permits to construct facilities for cannabis cultivation. The farmers are not yet officially sanctioned to grow or possess marijuana, but if all goes according to plan, they would more than quadruple the size of the country’s cannabis industry.
“On one hand, I am happy and proud that we reached this day on which the government and the Israel Police are honoring the judgment we received and confirmed that dozens of our clients can establish farms for the production of cannabis for medical purposes,” Weinstock told the Jerusalem Post.