Israel decriminalises cannabis
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.”