The Israeli health and finance ministries just gave the potential green light for the export of medical cannabis from the Jewish State.
Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, Director-General of the Ministry of Health, said about the move, “We are leading a topic that is innovative in the world, and therefore it must be done with great care and responsibility, while turning the issue into the highest professional and medical standards.”
The new initiative is being seen by many in the Israeli government as a move in the right direction for cannabis, as well as for Israel. Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon told reporters recently, “Medical cannabis is an industry with significant economic potential for the State of Israel. It will strengthen Israeli agriculture, and particularly in the Arava region.”
The joint committee examined the economic, legal and regulatory aspects of the export of medical cannabis, taking into account the policy of the Ministry of Health regarding the regulation of medical cannabis in Israel. They concluded that the economic potential is huge and that it will help greatly to build the Israeli farming and agriculture industries.
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According to the committee’s conclusions, the Jewish State will allow the export of medical cannabis under the following restrictions:
■ Exports will be made by the Ministry of Health or directly by the parties, with close supervision by the State.
■ Export will be approved only for countries that allow the use of medical cannabis and will allow import from Israel explicitly.
■ Export will be approved only for farmers who will receive a license to grow and export from the Ministry of Health.
■ The export of cannabis will be possible for all its various products in its medicinal forms (smoking products, tablets, oils, etc.).
However, not everyone is on board with the idea, as some minsters are anticipating potential issues with such a move. Take for example Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who is opposed to the Health Ministry’s recommendation to allow medical cannabis exports.
Erdan notes that, “Promoting medical marijuana exports are irresponsible, unprofessional and unwise. The economic benefit does not justify the severe damages that could be caused by Israel becoming the flagship of cannabis export.”
For the time being it appears the Israeli ministries are moving full steam ahead to legalize the export of medical cannabis form Israel, while it still remains to be seen how specifically the legislation will be formed to ensure safety and the highest levels of quality control.
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