Nissenkorn publishes draft cannabis legalization bill for public commentsPosted by MMP News AuthorOn November 21, 2020
Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn on Saturday evening published the first draft of the Israel Cannabis Market Regulation Law for public comments.
Comments and criticisms of the draft can be sent in here for the Justice Ministry’s consideration until December 11 at midnight, after which a final version of the law will be drafted, to continue in discussions in the Knesset’s Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Use and for a legislative process under the supervision of Blue and White MK Michal Cotler-Wunsh.
Earlier this month, Nissenkorn stated that he expects that once the legal memo is approved (expected by December), it will take approximately nine months before the laws can begin to take effect.According to the draft, growing or extracting cannabis without a license will be prohibited.
Cannabis use will be allowed only inside residences, at least in the first year after the law goes into effect.
The sale of cannabis will only be allowed to licensed dealers and will be sold only to those aged 21 and over. Soliciting or supplying cannabis to a minor will also be prohibited.
Driving under the influence of cannabis will be banned, though a permitted threshold has not yet been set, likely complicating the process greatly. In addition, problems reported with the accuracy of the THC testing kits have raised concerns about potential inconsistencies in punishment.