Israel: Knesset gives preliminary okay to bill to make medical cannabis more available

Ra’am party backs legislation, as leader MK Mansour Abbas, speaking in Arabic, makes it clear he will only ever agree to medical use of the drug

The Knesset approved in a preliminary vote on Wednesday a bill that would create major reforms in the medical cannabis industry in Israel, and expand its ease of access.

Ra’am, the coalition’s Arab party, which previously opposed a similar bill that would have also decriminalized recreational marijuana usage, voted in favor of the legislation proposed by MK Sharren Haskel of the New Hope party.

Some in the opposition were apparently taken by surprise at Ra’am’s vote for the bill, which they had anticipated would be defeated.


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