Pro-Marijuana Views Unite Feiglin And Leftists In Israel

Likud Knesset member Moshe Feiglin says he does not smoke pot, but his pro-marijuana views draw him unlikely allies from the left.

ISRAEL: On the bustling bourgeois avenue of Tel Aviv’s Ibn Givrol Street, beneath a portico and next to a high-end hair salon, it smells like college. Aside from a small green sign, the clinic is unidentifiable, its one window blocked with a sheet and covered with chains.

A single metal door is guarded by a man with a large knit kippa, fringes from his tzitzis and a holster hanging below his belt. Behind the door is the main distribution center of Tikun Olam, Israel’s principal supplier of medical cannabis. Some 11,000 Israelis take the drug legally to treat ailments ranging from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder. But activists say the approval process for marijuana prescriptions is cumbersome, requiring patients to appear before a committee on cannabis use to determine their eligibility.

“We believe that you need to expand access to it,” said Ma’ayan Weisberg, Tikun Olam’s public relations director. “The government is taking a long time. Not everyone who needs it gets it.” Leading the charge to change is an unlikely figure, the Likud party’s Moshe Feiglin, a resident of the Ginot Shomron community in Samaria and best known for his solid advocacy of a Jewish presence in all of Judea and Samaria. His political views kept him of the Likud’s list of Knesset candidates for years and also caused Britain to ban him from entering.

“We believe that you need to expand access to it,” said Ma’ayan Weisberg, Tikun Olam’s public relations director. “The government is taking a long time. Not everyone who needs it gets it.” Leading the charge to change is an unlikely figure, the Likud party’s Moshe Feiglin, a resident of the Ginot Shomron community in Samaria and best known for his solid advocacy of a Jewish presence in all of Judea and Samaria. His political views kept him of the Likud’s list of Knesset candidates for years and also caused Britain to ban him from entering.

 

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