Israel is moving forward with some cannabis reforms as the Israeli government decriminalized adult-use cannabis.
According to the new laws, the low-level possession of home-grown marijuana plant and cannabis buds is no longer considered a criminal offense. In other words, those who are caught in possession of small quantities of the drug in public without proper medical authorization would no longer be subjected to criminal proceedings. Instead of criminal penalties, they will just be required to pay fines.
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak commented that the country is changing its motto to being “the land of milk, honey, and cannabis.” Barak, who is now the current chairman of the Israeli medical cannabis company Canndoc/Intercure, was a keynote speaker at the fourth annual CannaTech conference in Tel Aviv. CannaTech took place on April 1, the same day the drug was decriminalized.
Barak spoke about the benefits of medical cannabis at the conference. He also echoed the call of other former government leaders around the world for a change in the global perception of cannabis.
According to him, the future of cannabis belongs to the faster, bigger, and more assertive players who will directly enter into the markets.
The Israeli Parliament, also known as the Knesset, passed on Dec. 25, 2018, the 16th amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, which pertains to the governance and the regulatory aspects of exporting medical marijuana from the country.