Above: Rabbi Yaakov Litzman
Haredi Health Minister Releases Plan To Legalize Medical Marijuana
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Israel’s haredi Minister of Health Rabbi Yaakov Litzman published a plan today to legalize the widespread production and sale of medical marijuana, Ynet reported.
Litzman, a top member of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party, wants there to be no restrictions on the number of medical marijuana dealers. Under Litzman’s plan, anyone who meets basic quality and safety requirements would be able to get a license to sell.
Litzman also does not intend to have the Ministry of Health restrict the number of farms allowed to grow marijuana as long as they grow it approved greenhouses and have a license.
However Litzman wants strict separation between the different stages in medical marijuana production – growing, processing, and distribution – and medical marijuana would be sold as buds, in bulk, or as cigarettes.
Four months ago Litzman said medical marijuana would be legalized, “but it will [have to] be [produced and sold at] the same standard as medicine.”
The plan still needs to go through a public comment and review process before it can be adopted by the government.