MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) submitted what she called the first-ever bill to
decriminalize private marijuana use in Israel on Wednesday.
Zandberg’s legislation, personal use of small amounts of marijuana would not be
considered a crime. The bill also differentiates between the crimes of holding
large amounts of cannabis, distributing and selling it, and creates levels of
criminality by amount.
“The time has come to stop the mistaken and
wasteful policy against cannabis users,” Zanberg wrote on her blog. “Slowly,
slowly the truth is coming out: Cannabis is not harmful or addictive, at least
not more than other, legal substances.
“Using [marijuana] is part of a
normative, non-criminal lifestyle,” the Meretz MK added.
month, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation postponed a vote on a bill by
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud Beytenu) that would allow any doctor to prescribe
medical marijuana, because Health Minister Yael German opposed it.
this month, a dozen MKs admitted to smoking marijuana after opposition leader
Shelly Yacimovich (Labor) did so, though she said in an interview last year that
The MKs who admitted that they had tried marijuana were
Labor’s Avishay Braverman, Eitan Cabel, Miki Rosenthal and Stav Shaffir;
Meretz’s Ilan Gilon, Tamar Zandberg and Michal Roisin; and Yesh Atid’s Pnina
Tamnu-Shata, Yoel Razbozov, Adi Kol and Yifat Kariv.