Israel distributes more medical marijuana than any European country, Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) said Wednesday at a Knesset hearing amid the ministry’s recent attempts to regulate its distribution of the unconventional treatment.
German said every patient who needs medical marijuana should receive it. The question of legality of the nonmedical version should be addressed completely separately, she said.
“I think people who are helped by cannabis should be able to receive it, but that we should keep its legalization as a separate issue, and not to mix them,” German said, defending the ministry’s practice of permitting certain sufferers to legally use the contraband substance.
“Cannabis is not a medical drug. Its effectiveness has not been proven empirically, yet there’s evidence that it helps alleviate pain,” German said at the start of the discussion. “It’s defined as a dangerous substance, and therefore a permit is needed to use it.”
The hearing was scheduled at the behest of MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), an avowed supporter of the legalization of marijuana, who claimed recent ministry regulations deny tens of thousands of patients the medical treatment they have hitherto received or were set to receive.
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