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HOLY LAND BECOMES GANGA LAND: After historic decision, marijuana to be sold at pharmacies in Israel

143799157386308288a_bA licensed grower inspects medical marijuana plants in one of the greenhouses used to grow the drug in Israel

Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, who admits to never having seen marijuana until last week, says pharmacies will be allowed to dispense prescription marijuana, under supervision • Currently only two bodies in Israel dispense the drug.

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.

“Medical marijuana will be sold by pharmacies under an arrangement process, contingent on a prescription written only by a senior physician who has been trained for this specific purpose by the Health Ministry.

“Today there are pharmacies that dispense all kinds of other drugs like morphine, so since that has been organized, this can be organized as well.”

Litzman voiced hope that the High Court of Justice would approve the cultivation of medical marijuana, pledging to “issue a tender for growers, which is currently being studied by the High Court of Justice.”

He said placing the sale of medical marijuana under the supervision of pharmacies would help combat the black-market phenomenon.

“The moment medical marijuana enters the pharmacies, we will take aggressive measures to ensure that it doesn’t get out,” Litzman said.

During the committee meeting, he conceded that marijuana was foreign to him personally.


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