Monday, March 6, 2017

"Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use"

Via Drudge:  (Reuters) - The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.

"On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks.

According to the new policy, which must still be ratified by parliament, people caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly with the drug.

Selling and growing marijuana would remain criminal offences in Israel.

"Israel cannot shut its eyes to the changes being made across the world in respect to marijuana consumption and its effects," Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in a statement.

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ndspinelli said...

Israel is where most of the medical research on cannabis is being done. Cue ed "reefer madness" dutcher.

edutcher said...

I'm sure that "research" is at the behest of Labor.

And it's still a bad idea unless you're into chromosome damage and stuff.

Methadras said...

I'm sure a leftist somewhere thinks this will be a nefarious terrorist plot against Palestinians.