Is­rael de­crim­i­nalises cannabis

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE IS­RAELI cab­i­net voted on Sun­day to de­crim­i­nalise the use of mar­i­juana.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­form pro­posed by the Public Se­cu­rity and Jus­tice min­istries, first-time of­fend­ers caught with up to 15g of mar­i­juana in public will be fined rather than face crim­i­nal ac­tion.

For re­peat of­fend­ers, the fines would con­tinue, dou­bled, un­til the fourth of­fence, when he or she can be in­dicted.

Sell­ing and grow­ing mar­i­juana would re­main crim­i­nal of­fences.

Public Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Gi­lad Er­dan, who led the re­form, said: “The gov­ern­ment’s ap­proval is an im­por­tant step on the way to im­ple­ment the new pol­icy, which will em­pha­sise public in­for­ma­tion and treat­ment in­stead of crim­i­nal en­force­ment.”

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