In Israel, Booming Medical Marijuana Looks to Conquer New Highs

While research into health benefits of cannabis has zipped along thanks in part to the local culture of ‘protekzia,’ a pioneer in the field says hundreds of uses of the plant are waiting to be discovered, and a marketer wants to slip it into milk so everyone can have a daily dose.

As hundreds of medical professionals, farmers, patients and cannabis activists descend on Israel this week for the Cann10 International Medical Conference from September 11 to 13, Israeli scientists are plowing ahead with new clinical trials in order to approve cannabis use for a wider variety of diseases.

Israel is a well-known internationally as a pioneer in medical cannabis. This summer, the government approved a plan initiated by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) to relax some of the medical cannabis requirements. The plan will expand the number of doctors who can issue cannabis prescriptions, remove limits on the number of marijuana growers, make cannabis available at approved pharmacies, and possibly eliminate the requirement for a permit from the Health Ministry so that just a doctor’s prescription will be sufficient.

– Read the entire article at The Times of Israel.