In Israel, Medical Marijuana Use Expands With Little Controversy

Moshe Rute survived the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago. He became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife’s death last year.

“But after I found this, everything has been better,” said the 80-year-old, as he gingerly packed a pipe with marijuana.

Rute, who lives at the Hadarim nursing home outside of Tel Aviv, is one of more than 10,000 patients who have official government permission to consume marijuana in Israel, a number that has swelled dramatically, up from serving just a few hundred patients in 2005.

The medical cannabis industry is expanding as well, fueled by Israel’s strong research sector in medicine and technology – and notably, by government encouragement. Unlike in the United States and much of Europe, the issue inspires almost no controversy among the government and the country’s leadership. Even influential senior rabbis do not voice any opposition to its spread, and secular Israelis have a liberal attitude on marijuana.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.



  1. ex-lib on

    Muslims routinely kill children and women for honor? Who’s the stoner?

  2. Anonymous on

    good to puff far away from ignorant “secret bush lovers like” (worst curse in cannabis sphere :)) like the one above me.

    btw, i got prescription



    btw – long live the states of colorado and washinton !!!

  3. Anonymous on

    someone should delete all unrelated comments…
    forum or message board website is there for all your comment.. everything has its place… and this place isn’t the place for unrelated topics… forums are!

  4. Anonymous on

    What now? Israel and america.

    Israel killing muslims in palestine?

    Now the demonic-pigs are just going to sit there and pretend they aint do shit and get high?

    SON OF A B****es

  5. Sparkky McPuff on

    Isn’t the us trying to be allies with isreal? Wouldn’t the us put sanctions in isreal for doing something like this? Is isreal just an experiment? Answers to these questions and more on the next 20/20! We’ll be right back