(HighTimes) Israel has the world’s highest proportion of registered medical marijuana users — but the program has been kept under tight control of the Health Ministry. Now, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is set to vote on a bill that would allow private physicians to prescribe cannabis for their patients.
Health Minister Yael German opposes the measure, making the argument that it would open the floodgates of recreational use: “It would not be unrealistic to assume that there would be patients who would pressure doctors to write them a cannabis prescription for any bump, headache or toothache.”
In an October 20 editorial, Israel’s respected daily Ha’aretz rejected this argument and actually went one better; he called on the Knesset to also open debate on a bill for general legalization. It states: “The admission by 11 MKs [Knesset members] that they have smoked marijuana or hashish at some point in their lives is a welcome step in that direction.”