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Israel set to legalize cannabis
Tova Zimuki, Nina Fox
Wednesday 09 Feb 2022
Justice Minister Gideon Saar on Wednesday published a draft list of proposed new temporary regulations that will decriminalize recreational cannabis use in Israel.
If approved, under the new regulations recreational cannabis use will not be considered a criminal offense and instead will be changed to an administrative offense - similar to most traffic violations.
Currently, recreational cannabis use is illegal in Israel, and if one is caught smoking weed, the first offense is subjected to a NIS 1,000 fine, the second offense to NIS 2,000, and a third offense would require a plea in order to close the case. A fourth offense and so on will include criminal indictments.
Saar's proposed new guidelines will prevent cannabis users from being prosecuted, including people with a criminal record. Fines will be limited to NIS 1,000 IDF troops, police and minors will be excluded from the new regulations.
In 2020, the Justice Ministry proposed legalization of cannabis in Israel according to the Canadian model in which trade and use are legal for adults over 21, including purchases in dedicated stores.
Possession will be legal in the amount of up to 15 grams and non-criminal up to 50 grams. However, the coalition's attempts to pass such legislation were unsuccessful.
The regulations proposed by Saar, must be approved by the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee in the Knesset.
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