After negotiations with the Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel’s cabinet is set to officially legalize the exports of medical marijuana next week, the local Haaretz newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Erdan, who was one of the main opponents to the green herb’s exports, had his fears over security lifted following an agreement with the Finance and Health ministries, the minister said in a statement on Wednesday.
In the agreement, Erdan was promised more funding and human resources to keep medical marijuana exports in check. His ministry will be employing 25 police officers full-time to monitor up to 50 marijuana growers to make sure that no cannabis is being funneled to the black market.
“I support the use of marijuana for medical purposes and exporting it to the world in light of our [Israel’s] advanced knowledge in the field,” Erdan said in a statement on Wednesday. “But as public security minister, I am obligated to make certain that exports from farms aren’t diverted to illicit use by Israeli citizens, especially the young.
To Export as Final Products, not Raw
Sources said under the proposed law, 50 growers will be given licenses to export marijuana solely for medical purposes and as a finished product, not in the form of seeds, stems or plants to avoid any abuse.
However, the number of companies and farms will be sharply curtailed, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The Jerusalem Post said while the plan is expected to go through next week, exports are likely not to start until 2019, “given the need to retrofit customs holding warehouses at Ben-Gurion Airport and prepare law enforcement.”
Israeli farmers started growing cannabis and applying for licenses after the Israeli Agriculture Ministry classified medical marijuana industry in September last year as a legal crop.[share-btn]