Marijuana Advocates Score Major Victory in Israel

Published on 27 Jan 2017, 14:42
On Thursday, Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced a new policy that would cut down on prosecution for recreational use of marijuana in the country. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Erdan said the plan would usher in a "shift to decriminalization with responsibility." If passed, first-time offenders would face a fine of 1000 shekels or $265, with the offense not appearing on their criminal record. Those caught for a second time would see the fine double. The new proposal follows a recommendation by Israel's Justice Ministry that pot use not be prosecuted criminally, but instead fined or punished by sanctions.

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