Knesset passes new cannabis law – Rook a Stompie is now legal in Zion

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I detest all forms of cigarettes …. smoking marijuana in South Africa where I grew up is called “Rook a Stompie” ( street Afrikaans ) … I have never tried and not embarrassed to say never will try this sweet smelling psychedelic drug that is becoming legal in many parts of the world and also in Zion.

 

Marijuana will now be collected by medical supply company Sarel, and packaged and distributed to approved pharmacies • Marijuana growers and some patients protest centralized distribution, saying it will lead to a monopoly and neglect of patients.

Shlomo Cesana
“I worry that patients will be totally overlooked,” says Yaki Cohen. Both he and his son Liav are prescribed medical marijuana 

 
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 Photo credit: Yitzhak Barbi

 

The Knesset approved an updated version of the cannabis law on Sunday and will now centralize marijuana collection and raise the number of doctors allowed to prescribe cannabis treatment to 31.

 

The bill was passed by a wide margin, and Health Minister Yael German promised to put the law into effect within a few weeks. The bill calls for severing the direct link between marijuana growers and patients. The marijuana will now be collected by medical supply company Sarel, and will be packaged and distributed to approved pharmacies.

 

Marijuana growers and some patients protested centralizing distribution.

 

“Creating a monopoly without a tender in this field is a fundamental breach of proper governance,” said Eli Zohar, an attorney representing the cannabis growers.

 

Patient Yaki Cohen said he was worried about the implications the new bill would have for him and his 8-year-old son Liav. Cohen is prescribed marijuana for chronic pain, while his son receives cannabis treatment for a rare form of brain cancer.

 

“You need to have the direct contact with someone on behalf of the grower. Different strains have different effects on the patient. It’s not static, but dynamic,” Cohen said. “Medical marijuana saved me and my son. A monopoly is a predatory thing and inconsiderate. I worry that patients will be totally overlooked [by the distributor].”

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