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Medical Marijuana to be Available at Pharmacies

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Israelis soon will be able to take a doctor’s prescription for marijuana to the local pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday.

He noted that pharmacies issue prescriptions for other drugs that are considered narcotics and that procedures are well-supervised. A case in point is Ritalin. A person wanting to fill a prescription for the drug, which when ground up and sniffed can be extremely dangerous, has to wait at the counter until the pharmacist opens the safe.

“I will fight an aggressive war not to allow this to get out of control,” said Litzman, who in effect is the Health Minster, a title he does not accept because the Hareidi Yehadut Torah (United Torah Judaism) party does not want to be part of a “Zionist” Cabinet.

He said that making marijuana available at pharmacies awaits court approval concerning tenders for growers of “grass.”

Litzman said that there procedures overseeing prescriptions for marijuana will be issued either through law or administrative orders.

Health Ministry Prof. Boaz Lev added that officials will make it possible for more doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use.

MK and Police Discussing Making Marijuana Legal

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Outgoing Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino has been discussing with a Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Knesset Member major changes in the laws concerning the use of marijuana.

MK Yinon Magal freely says he has smoked grass and wants to change the laws that ban marijuana, except for medical uses.

Israel has one of the highest rates in the West when it comes to issuing permits to use marijuana for medical purposes. Danino noted that the number has grown from only 400 years ago to 20,000 today.

He was quoted by the Hebrew-language free newspaper Yisrael HaYom as saying during a speech at the Beersheba and Negev Trade Bureau:

What will eventually happen here is that anyone with money will be able to get a permit, and anyone who doesn’t have money will be trying to get [cannabis] on the streets. Things are happening in the world, so we can’t stick our heads in the sand. We need to deal with this issue\

Throughout the world, this has been a method of making [cannabis] legal. In California you can walk around in plenty of places and see signs offering a fake permit for medical marijuana for $50. We in Israel don’t want that. Because if we really want to change the law and decriminalize [cannabis] use, or make some drugs legal, let’s do it properly.

It is not a foregone conclusion that marijuana is good medicine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated, “Marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

The Anti-Drug Authority is not thrilled over Danino’s readiness to re-examine the laws.

Eitan Gorni, acting director of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority said that “the police commissioner’s recent statements are beyond the authority and responsibility of the police to make,” according to Haaretz.

The WeedBlog.com pro-marijuana website wrote:

How cool would it be if Mr. Danino joined Law Enforcement against Prohibition? Get this guy an application maybe? Anyhow, this is great news. Anytime a sitting leader of a law enforcement agency says that he or she wants to have a candid discussion about how to improve marijuana laws, that’s a good thing.

Endless studies have been carried without conclusive evidence whether smoking marijuana leads to getting hooked on harder drugs, but there also are moral implications because smoking marijuana often is accompanied by cult rituals that lead to idleness.

It will be interesting to hear what rabbis in Israel have to say on the issue. Many rabbis have ruled that smoking cigarettes is not “kosher” because although it does not violate dietary laws, it is dangerous to the health.

Rabbi Moshe Elefant, of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency said earlier this year that the OU “would not have a problem certifying” medical marijuana, but most rabbis frown on smoking grass for “recreational” use.

It sounds “cool” to make it legal for people to smoke pot, but when the grass starts growing too high, it is a good hiding place for snakes.


Police Arrest ‘Nice Guy Pizza’ Owner

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Israel police have arrested a pizza owner for delivering a pizza with artificial marijuana to two police officers who ordered it, and then vomited, according to Reuters

The policemen had asked for a pizza with “anything except oregano,” and the pizza owner said the cops sounded so “cool” that he figured a bit of “Mr. Nice Guy,” artificial grass, would be appreciated.

The delicacy landed the two police officers in the hospital after they threw up and suffered dizziness. Hospital tests revealed they had digested Mr. Nice Guy, which has been declared illegal in Israel after previous rules that allowed the substance.

Police intend to request a court order to shut down the pizzeria for being a danger to the public.

Israeli Police Chief Calls for Reevaluation Israel’s Marijuana Policy

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

By Matti Bernhardt and Ehud Amiton

Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino told students in a Beit Shemesh school on Wednesday, May 13, that he is in favor of reevaluating the state’s policy over the use of cannabis.

During a Q&A session with the students, Danino stated he is in favor of looking into how other countries in the world address the marijuana issue. He also added that the number of licenses for medical marijuana have increased, which mandates a reevaluation of the matter.

Danino said that he spoke with new members of Israel’s Knesset and suggested they reevaluate the policy in which much effort and use of the police force has been invested in the enforcement of the ban on marijuana usage.
The Israel police chief would not be the first public figure to come out in favor of changing the policy towards marijuana in Israel. Some MKs on both the left and the right are advocates of this issue.

“In a conversation with the Police Chief we came up with an outline that would abolish the law that incriminates cannabis users, as long as they are law-abiding citizens.” Jewish Home’s MK Yinon Magal, a strong supporter of legalization, told the Tazpit News Agency.

Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, who has led the fight for legalization In the Knesset for many years, told the Tazpit News Agency that “the time has come to make a significant change in the issue of cannabis.

“The public has advanced to the point that they understand that cannabis users are normative citizens who are not harming anybody and that there’s no reason to persecute them and incriminate them. The time has come for elected officials to change the laws regarding this issue,” Zandberg told Tazpit.

The discussion over legalization in Israel is a long standing one. Although pot isn’t legal in Israel, medical marijuana is available for patients who qualify for it, such as cancer patients and MS patients. In addition to that, a form of de-criminalization is implemented, as cannabis users are not usually punished for possession of under 15 grams. Former Attorney General Meni Mazuz said in 2013 that he gave directions not to deal with soft drugs since it was a waste of enforcement resources.

An Israeli liberal political party called Ale Yarok (Green Leaf), which advocates the legalization of marijuana, has existed in Israel since 1999 and has fallen just short of getting seats in the Knesset in previous elections.

However, a survey published by Israeli news website Mako last year, showed that most Israelis were still against legalization, with 56% saying marijuana should not be legalized, and only 33% supporting such an initiative.
The coming months will show if Danino’s approach will have any effect on the new government’s stance on this issue.

Israeli Marijuana Companies Smoking Up Wall Street

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Israeli-based One World Cannabis (OWC) company is going to be traded over the counter on Wall Street after the Dynamic Applications merges with it, Globes business newspaper reported.

Other Israel companies on Wall Street and involved in the marijuana industry are Therapix, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals and Breed It.

Many Wall Street analysts predict that marijuana will become legal throughout the United States and will be a multi-billion dollar industry. Israel has approved allowing family doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana.

One World Cannabis which deals in research and development of cannabis-based treatments for diseases, including treatments for diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

There is no evidence to substantiate that smoking marijuana can cure Parkinson’s Disease, but studies show that cannabis can be useful in treating it.

One World Cannabis intends to generate clinical data for various medical conditions based on the development of specific cannabis strains, the combinations of the cannabinoids THC and CBD, and optimal dosages.

The company’s first clinical trials are to be for fibromyalgia, psoriasis/basal cell carcinoma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and seizures. The company’s second set of clinical trials, which have not yet begun and are not yet funded, are anticipated to focus on the development of cannabis medicines for Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, migraines, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s Disease, pediatric epilepsy, prostate cancer and diabetes.

One World Cannabis recently raised $2 million and is discussing with several Israeli hospitals the possibility of carrying out clinical trials.

It also plans to set up a non-profit organization on behalf of the use of marijuana for the medical use.

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is focused on developing and marketing drugs, therapies and food supplements based on the active ingredients found in unique strains of the cannabis plant.

Its main product is Cannabics SR, a sustained release medical cannabis capsule designed for cancer patients as a palliative care treatment.

Cannabics recently received from the Israeli Health Ministry permission to establish an advanced R&D laboratory for medical research in the field of cannabinoid science.

The company says its aim is to be one of the first and few companies in the world to commercialize indication specific and clinically tested cannabis-based medical products.

Dr. Zohar Koren, CEO, stated, “The exciting scientific field of cannabinoid research has been largely neglected throughout most of the 20th century due to a total ban on this field of research. Thus, the available scientific knowledge regarding active cannabinoids and their mechanisms of action in various disease pathways is dramatically lacking in comparison to other therapeutic fields. There is a huge space of uncharted territory to explore with regards to the potential therapeutic roles of this class of compounds for diverse indications.”

Therapix Biosciences Ltd is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on synthetic cannabinoid-based therapies and has invested $1.5 million in medical cannabis company LaraPharm, which is developing a formulation of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis to work in an inhaler.

Therapix Bio (vegan trade Over the Counter in New York in October.

BreedIT Corp, through its Israeli subsidiary BreedIT Ltd,  develops sophisticated agro-breeding solutions for plant breeders and researchers.

Colorado-based Dr. Alan Shackelford, a practicing physician and expert in cannabinoid medicine, is a member of the company’s scientific advisory board. He was one of the two physicians who prescribed the marijuana strain which has become known as Charlotte’s Web to a six-year old girl, who suffered from 20 to 60 seizures per day from the incurable genetic disorder, Dravet Syndrome, with seizures being reduced to one or two per month.

Police Find 3.5 Tons of Marijuana North of Tel Aviv [video]

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Police arrested three men from central Israel on Friday after confiscating 3.5 tons of marijuana in a raid on a farm that was hidden by walls.

Police said the farm was located in the Sharon region, which covers the area north of Tel Aviv and includes Netanyahu and neighboring communities, but the exact location was not disclosed.

Police seized 1,200 marijuana plants, worth millions of shekels.

Field of Dreams

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A farmer in the (legal) Tikkun Olan Cannabis farm near Tzfat. This is one of their greenhouses.

The company is licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Health to grow, process and distribute the medicinal plant.

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