Israeli Knesset Passes New Cannabis Law

Marijuana will now be collected by medical supply company Sarel, and packaged and distributed to approved pharmacies, but marijuana growers and some patients protest centralized distribution, saying it will lead to a monopoly and neglect of patients.

The Knesset approved an updated version of the cannabis law on Sunday and will now centralize marijuana collection and raise the number of doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis treatment to 31.

The bill was passed by a wide margin, and Health Minister Yael German promised to put the law into effect within a few weeks. The bill calls for severing the direct link between marijuana growers and patients. The marijuana will now be collected by medical supply company Sarel, and will be packaged and distributed to approved pharmacies.

Marijuana growers and some patients protested centralizing distribution.

“Creating a monopoly without a tender in this field is a fundamental breach of proper governance,” said Eli Zohar, an attorney representing the cannabis growers.

– Read the entire article at Israel Hayom.

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