Israeli freed by Belarus after over a month in prison for medical cannabis in bag

Maya Reiten was held over 2.5 grams of medical marijuana; president, foreign and finance ministers personally appealed for her release

An Israeli woman has been freed from custody in Belarus, where she was arrested for cannabis possession last month, and is on her way to Israel, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement Thursday.

The woman, Maya Reiten, was arrested on November 4 at the airport in Minsk with 2.5 grams of cannabis in her bag.

Reiten, a lawyer, has authorization to use medical cannabis in Israel. Relatives said the drugs must have been in her bag by mistake.

Efforts to free her involved personal appeals by President Isaac Herzog, Lapid and Liberman to authorities in Belarus.

In the statement, Lapid thanked Herzog, Liberman, and all those in the Foreign Ministry involved in efforts to bring Reiten back, in Israel and abroad.


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