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Israel’s Legislative Committee Backs Reduction for Public Marijuana Use

Israel’s Legislative Committee Backs Reduction for Public Marijuana Use

Dina Al-Shibeeb
Growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern city of Safed. (File image via Reuters)

On Sunday, Israel’s Ministerial Committee for legislation backed a proposed three-year order to substantially reduce penalties for marijuana use in public, The Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

According to the new Israeli cabinet order, any person caught possessing up to 15 grams of marijuana in public for personal use would be fined the first two times, rather than being arrested.

The third incident, the person would be referred to a file-closing procedure, a process allowing the prosecution to close the case against a suspect and delete the criminal record within a short time if he admits to the allegations.

At only the fourth incident, a person would be prosecuted.

This is a continuation of an approved decriminalization policy, which was kickstarted last March.

The fine for the first time would be 1,000 shekels or $283 USD, and the second time, 2,000 shekels.

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The money from the fines would be directed toward education about drugs and treating drug addicts.

Recreational marijuana in Israel is illegal but only allowed for some specified medical usages. Israel also recently took a complete U-turn decision by halting its marijuana export decision.

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