Israel: Health authorities to extend medical cannabis licenses during Gaza conflict

he Israeli Ministry of Health has taken steps to ensure that cannabis patients can continue to access their treatment following the outbreak of conflict in the country. Following the events that occurred last week, the Israeli Ministry of Health confirmed the extension of the validity of medical cannabis prescription licenses for patients, due to fears about the supply of medicines.

Last Saturday, October 7th, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a large-scale offensive against Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Following the news, the local media outlet Israeli Cannabis Magazine, reported that many cannabis patients were worried about the possibility of running out of medication amid the conflict, with some taking to online forums to express their uncertainty.

In Israel, cannabis prescriptions are issued every two months for limited quantities, but as some patients consumed more than usual due to the “stress” of the situation, they feared running out of prescriptions before they could be renewed.

One patient wrote: “Since the events began, due to stress, I smoke much, much more than usual, I stay at home smoking and my monthly supply is running out. My next prescription won’t open for another two weeks, I don’t know what I’m going to make next week.”

While another added: “I think there are hundreds of patients whose medicines are running out due to the situation, there is double or triple consumption.”

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