Medical marijuana 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Police on Wednesday raided the Tel Aviv offices of a medical marijuana supplier
and arrested two managers suspected of drug trafficking.
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The raids took
place in the morning at the Tikkun Olam clinic in north Tel Aviv, as well as a
nearby storefront operated by the organization, where the 2,000 patients who
they supply with medical marijuana each month come to receive their
On Wednesday afternoon, the storefront was shuttered and a note
outside told patients that they would not be able to receive their doses for the
Tikkun Olam said that during the course of the raid, police
herded patients outside the clinic in the middle of their treatment, and
prevented patients from receiving their monthly cannabis doses.
Meir, a spokesman for Tikkun Olam, told The Jerusalem Post
on Wednesday that
police were guilty of entrapment for operating an undercover officer who posed
as a patient.
Meir said the officer would come into the storefront a few
times a month crying and begging to receive additional marijuana, pleading that
the 30 grams a month (the maximum the clinic is allowed to give out by law) was
not enough to treat her pain.
“She would receive her monthly dosage and
then come back again and again, crying and begging, exploiting the sensitivities
of the employees who acted out of concern for her well-being,” Meir
Meir added that the undercover agent had a legitimate prescription
for medical marijuana issued by the Health Ministry, which he and Tikkun Olam
see as “a disgraceful cooperation between the police and the Health Ministry to
Meir added that police took computers and documents from both
of the clinic’s offices, and that at the moment they are not capable of
providing marijuana to any of their 2,000 patients.
Tel Aviv Police said
they carried out the raid because they had received a number of complaints that
the organization was handing out marijuana in excess of the 30 grams a month
limit. Police said they had reason to believe that a significant amount of
marijuana was given to criminal organizations who acquired fake
Last month, the Health Ministry’s professional committee
published a proposal to include medical marijuana in the health
An official from the committee added that patients will still be
required to pay a fee for the marijuana, which, he added, would be supplied in
pharmacies within the next six months.