The government of Israel approved on Sunday a proposal to decriminalize marijuana possession for first-time offenders. People caught with illegal cannabis will incur fines, rather than face jail time, after the proposal is implemented. Users may face jail time only after their fourth offense.
The proposal has many powerful supporters including Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. When the decriminalization was first proposed, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, said, “Israel is advancing toward a new era, and it seems that legalization of marijuana is just a matter of time.”
The governmental committee will prepare its recommendations on how best to implement the decriminalization within the next two months.