Meretz Lawmaker Seeks To Decriminalize Private Marijuana Use In Israel

ISRAEL: MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) submitted what she called the first-ever bill to decriminalize private marijuana use in Israel Wednesday.

According to Zandberg’s legislation, personal use of small amounts of marijuana will not be considered a crime. The bill also differentiates between the crimes of holding large amounts of cannabis, distributing and selling it, and creates levels of criminality by amount.

“The time has come to stop the mistaken and wasteful policy against cannabis users,” Zanberg wrote on her blog. “Slowly, slowly the truth is coming out: Cannabis is not harmful or addictive, at least not more than other, legal substances.”

“Using [marijuana] is part of a normative, non-criminal lifestyle,” the Meretz MK added.


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