The Jerusalem Post reports..
The coalition suffered a major defeat on Wednesday, when a draft bill to decriminalize the recreational use of up to 50 grams of cannabis for personal use and up to 15 seeds, while also reclassifying CBD as a food additive, failed to get a majority in the Knesset after the Ra’am Party decided to vote against the bill.
The bill’s failure to pass means that the coalition would have to wait another six months until it could attempt to bring it to the Knesset plenum for a vote again.
The bill, which was put forth by New Hope MK Sharren Haskel, lost with 52 votes in favor and 55 against, with the rest of the coalition voting in favor of the bill, and the entire opposition voting against, alongside Mansour Abbas’s Ra’am (United Arab List) Party.
The votes against the bill included the Likud Party, which had previously backed the bill, and whose MK Yoav Kisch even attempted to put forth for a vote a draft bill identical to Haskel’s earlier on Wednesday morning.
The Likud – after voting unanimously to block the bill that it had unanimously passed a little over one year ago – blamed the bill’s failure to pass on Ra’am, saying that the party’s leader, Mansour Abbas, was the “de facto prime minister.”