Exporting medical marijuana may soon be on the horizon for Israel.
Yediot Ahronot, Israel’s Committee of Directors General plans to recommend cannabis
exportation in the next few weeks. The committee, which consists of the
Ministries of Finance, Justice, Public Security, and Health, has additionally
considered using funds from the country’s marijuana exportation
to support the fight against chronic diseases.
The Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, was the only member of the
committee who remained against acquiring an exportation permit for cannabis.
Although Health Minister Yaakov Litzman had initially opposed the proposal
as well, the use of marijuana exportation funds to study chronic diseases,
along with other factors, caused him to eventually change his position.
The next step is approval from the Israeli cabinet, along with passing
the necessary legislation that would permit farmers to grow marijuana.
In September 2016, Uri Ariel, Israel’s Agriculture Minister, stated
that he believed the country will join the international marijuana supply
“within two years.”
Should the proposal receive cabinet approval, Israel would join the likes
of such countries as Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States, all
of which allow cannabis exportation in some form.
In addition, exporting marijuana could generate over NIS 1 billion (approximately
$236 million U.S.) for Israel annually, and it would create thousands
of agricultural jobs within the country.