Why Is Israel Cracking Down on Medical Marijuana?

For Eitan, 25, medical cannabis is nothing short of a miracle. He’s been using it for quite some time now to combat the nausea, vomiting, excruciating pain and weight loss caused by the pancreatic cancer he suffers from. “Without the cannabis, I honestly cannot function,” he says.

But very soon, so it appears, his nightmare could come back to haunt him. “My permit is set to expire in a few weeks, and the hospital isn’t going to re-approve it because they’ve been instructed to cancel permits,” Eitan says. “Without medical cannabis, my life will become hell. I’m already dealing with a serious illness, so why make turn my life into a nightmare?”

On taking up his position as director of Ichilov Hospital at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv last week, former Health Ministry director general Prof. Ronni Gamzu sent out a memo concerning the dispensing of medical cannabis at the institution.

In an email to doctors and nurses, he noted that prescriptions for medical cannabis would be given only to patients with terminal cancer, and only following consultations with pain specialists, oncologists and the approval of the director of the hospital’s Oncology Ward.

Gamzu’s memo also instructs doctors to consider revoking the permits of patients who come to the hospital’s pain clinic already in possession of a prescription for cannabis.

-Read the entire article at Ynet News.

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