(photo credit: MCT)
Israel is the world leader in medical marijuana use, anesthesiologist and pain
relief expert Dr. Bareket Schiff- Keren told the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse
In addition, Israel Police representative Eyal Zilberman told
the committee that medical marijuana is being sold on the black market, and the
fields to grow the drug are not properly secured to prevent
Approximately 15 tons of medicinal cannabis are stolen each year,
police records show.
Most medical marijuana fields do not meet the
police’s standards, according to Zilberman, who called the situation “bizarre.”
He said that some of the fields are near shopping malls and parks and have low
fences, without security cameras or locks.
“Anyone can come in and take
what they want,” Zilberman explained. “We warned the Health Ministry that they
must close those fields, but nothing happened.”
Committee on Drug Abuse
chairman MK Taleb a-Sanaa (UAL-Ta’al) expressed frustration that after two years
of meetings on securing medical marijuana fields, the topic still has not been
dealt with properly.
“Those who are ill will pay the price for these
problems,” he said.
Dr. Yehuda Baruch, who is responsible for
coordinating the growth of medical marijuana, warned that without government
regulation, use of the drug for medicinal purposes could lead to general
legalization of cannabis.
However, Baruch said he will not order a
medical marijuana field closed unless the owner is indicted.
police representative complained that they have no way of enforcing the law
related to medical cannabis fields, and that it would be preferable to import
the drug, rather than grow it locally.
A-Sanaa said that in the coming
months, the Committee on Drug Abuse will further investigate the subject and
visit a cannabis field.
The committee chairman said that, while Israel
could serve as a model for other countries on how to use marijuana medicinally,
the Health Ministry should not ignore the police, and make sure that fields are