After Historic Decision, Marijuana To Be Sold At Pharmacies

ISREAL:  Medical marijuana will soon be sold in pharmacies across Israel, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, who functions as the de facto health minister, announced on Monday during a Knesset committee meeting.

Marijuana will be sold to patients with prescriptions, and will be controlled like any other prescription medication. However, more doctors will be authorized to write prescriptions for medical marijuana, the deputy minister said.

“I am aware of the need to change the Health Ministry’s existing policy on the matter,” Litzman told the Knesset committee.

Israeli Researchers Develop Medicinal Marijuana With ‘No High’

ISREAL:  Israeli researchers have created a strain of marijuana that creates a buzz, but no high, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Named “Rafael,” in reference to the healing angel called upon by Moses, the cannabis is reportedly available in Israel in oral doses, the Post said.

The new variety was developed in northern Israel for its medicinal benefits relating to the treatment of epilepsy in children.

Israel has become a world leader in the realm of medicinal marijuana, but the government has so far not permitted producers to export their product.

Family Medics In Israel To Be Allowed To Write Marijuana Prescriptions

ISREAL:  The Health Ministry in Israel has announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana. Family doctors will be temporarily allowed to prescribe marijuana, and if everything works out, then the decision will be made permanent.

The ministry is trying to deal with the load on pain clinics, which seems to be an ever growing problem in the developed world. Currently in Israel, only only pain clinics are allowed to prescribe marijuana – but that is about to change. The new regulations will allow family doctors to write the medical cannabis prescriptions under two conditions: only when it is associated with another, conventional treatment, and only using a fixed dosage.

There are 18,000 permits for the use of medical marijuana in Israel today but authorities expect this number to grow to 40,000 by 2018. With an estimated population of 6,000,000 adults that would mean that almost every 1 in 100 adults would have a marijuana consumption permit.