A recent meeting at the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv explored the possibility of Israeli growers providing medical marijuana to the European country in what could be the first step toward a lucrative export industry.
Israeli and Czech officials were present at the meeting, including the head of the Health Ministry’s medical cannabis project and the Czech Republic’s ambassador to Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Sunday.
Israel is gaining a reputation as an expert grower of cannabis used as a pain reliever for those suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
However, the Public Security Ministry is staunchly against the country exporting pot as well as its very cultivation in Israel, citing concerns over securing growing facilities. According to the report, even the director-general of the Health Ministry is against the idea and was not even aware of the meeting.
“Ministry officials attended the meeting without permission, against the policy of the director-general and a government decision,” the ministry said in a response to the newspaper.
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