Medical cannabis to be locally grown

By JUDY SIEGEL
July 28, 2011 16:56

 
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Health Ministry director-general Dr. Ronni Gamzi decided on Thursday to establish a unit within the ministry to manage the supervision and supply of medical marijuana and serve as an agency for this purpose according to the demands of an international agreement on the subject. The unit will begin operating in January.

It was also decided that medical cannabis will continue to be grown in Israel for at least the next two years because imports would be tenfold more expensive.

Members of the Israel Pharmacists Association have been pressing for permission to distribute medical marijuana to authorized patients through their pharmacies and although the Israel Police has urged that supplies be imported rather than locally grown because customs agents could minimize their reaching illicit users, the ministry decided that in the near future, no imports would be allowed.

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