Israel will make it easier for patients to obtain medical cannabis, with the Health Ministry announcing that they have decided to remove the drug from the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.
The Dangerous Drugs Ordinance regulates the use of dangerous substances, including cannabis.
Deputy Health Minister Ya’akov Litzman said that cannabis will be available by prescription for patients with certain medical conditions. This means that patients would no longer need to apply for a license or seek prior approval.
Currently, the Healthy Ministry must grant a patient special permission to receive medical cannabis.
The move also means that specialist doctors would be able to issue patients a normal prescription for cannabis, like they do with any other medication. What’s more, pharmacies will be allowed to sell medical cannabis.
What’s more, non-THC products, including the ones that only contain cannabidiol or CBD, will also be excluded from the ordinance.
Litzman, however, made it clear that this move should not be confused with legalization. He stressed out that people who are not medically authorized to take cannabis will still not be able to get the drug at the pharmacy.
He said that the process is meant to make it significantly easier for sick people in terms of bureaucratic procedures.
Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov noted that Israel is a leader in the global medical cannabis industry, and this legislative step is another stage in making things more convenient for patients and in turning medical marijuana into a medical product that is like any other.
He assured that they will continue to monitor the use and application of medical cannabis while ensuring that people who really need to receive it do so in the quickest and easiest way.
Israel is a pioneer in the medical cannabis field, and the United States taps into Israeli experience to help manage their own growing industry.
The Healthy Ministry said that they will publish a draft of the new medical cannabis regulations soon.