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December 16, 2013 11:29 am

Knesset Passes New Medical Marijuana Law

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JNS.orgThe Knesset on Sunday approved an updated version of Israel’s cannabis law, which will centralize marijuana collection and raise the number of doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis treatment to 31, Israel Hayom reported.

The bill calls for severing the direct link between marijuana growers and patients. The marijuana will now be collected by medical supply company Sarel, and will be packaged and distributed to approved pharmacies.

Marijuana growers and some patients protested centralizing distribution.

“Creating a monopoly without a tender in this field is a fundamental breach of proper governance,” said Eli Zohar, an attorney representing the cannabis growers.

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