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Israel to begin exporting marijuana soon — minister

News Posted Aug 27 2016

The Israeli government has recently passed measures giving easier access to medical marijuana for it's 23,000 patients. Officials have discussed legislation that would decriminalize soft drugs, like cannabis, and issue personal fines instead of jail time for those caught in possession. With more lax cannabis laws, the Agriculteral Minister, Uri Ariel, announced a plan to soon begin exporting Israeli medical marijuana abroad. This weekend, Ariel confidently broadcasted over Israel Radio that farmers will be able to grow marijuana within 2 years. Israel plans to have no limit on growers, allow more doctors to prescribe the drug, and increase availability around local pharmacies. 

“In two years we will have protocols in place that will allow farmers to grow cannabis,” Ariel told Israel Radio over the weekend, according to Israel’s online Hebrew-language magazine Cannabis.

“The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant whose foremost use is the medical treatment of patients around the world,” he said

Original article: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-to-begin-exporting-marijuana-soon-minister/

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