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Cannabis activists have legally challenged a police ban on a Marijuana Day
rally, in which people publicly smoke the substance to protest its illegal
status every year on April 20.
But the Israel Police notified the
activists that any such rally in Tel Aviv would not be tolerated, and refused to
authorize the event, saying it constitutes a blatant violation of the
The activists, represented by the Dor Emet (“Truth Generation”)
interest group, placed an appeal in the High Court of Law against the
The High Court has asked the police to explain its decision
within two weeks, before coming to a final decision on the case, a Dor Emet
statement released on Tuesday said.
The appeal, led by attorney Dekel
David Ozer, is based on “freedom of expression,” and is aimed to protect an
event that presents “no danger to public order,” the organization
Ozer said many works of research showed that smoking cannabis not
only does not cause health or social harm, but that, compared to legal drugs
like nicotine in cigarettes and alcohol, it often acts as a healing
The appeal is also aimed at challenging the criminalization of
“Israelis who use cannabis, or to be more accurate, the unrestrained pursuit of
a entire public which is quiet and law abiding,” Ozer said.