The Israeli Parliament approved on December 25, 2018, an amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance – 1973, which, amongst others, regulates medical cannabis (the "Amendment").

The Amendment:

  • Sets the division of authorities between the Israeli Ministry of Health ("MOH") and Israeli Police;
  • Provides the Israeli Police with control and enforcement authorities, relating to the handling of medical cannabis;
  • Sets the sanctions for breach of the permits granted by the MOH allowing the engagement in medical cannabis activities.

It should be noted that the Amendment resolves some authority questions with respect to the handling and export of medical cannabis. Nevertheless the export of medical cannabis is still subject to the Israeli government approval, which to date has not been granted.

Originally published December 2018

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