Is­rael to Be­come Ma­jor Ex­porter of Med­i­cal Cannabis

Gov­ern­men­tal com­mit­tee rec­om­mends al­low­ing ex­port of cannabis smok­ing prod­ucts, oils, tablets and evap­o­ra­tion-based prod­ucts from li­censed grow­ers

The Jewish Voice - - HEALTH - By: Is­rael 21c Staff

Is­rael may soon start ex­port­ing med­i­cal cannabis to coun­tries where it is le­gal for medic­i­nal use, fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tion of a gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee ap­proved ear­lier this week by the min­istries of health and fi­nance.

The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended al­low­ing the ex­port of cannabis smok­ing prod­ucts, oils, tablets and evap­o­ra­tion-based prod­ucts from lo­cal grow­ers who meet cer­tain qual­ity stan­dards for growth, pro­duc­tion, stor­age, dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­ply-chain se­cu­rity.

Fi­nance Min­istry Direc­tor- Shai Babad told Ynet that be­cause Is­rael is one of the most ad­vanced coun­tries in re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing med­i­cal cannabis, “quite a few coun­tries that have al­ready con­tacted us” about the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­port.

Among those coun­tries re­port­edly are Aus­tralia, Ger­many, Den­mark, the Czech Repub­lic and Cyprus.

Ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 Is­raeli pa­tients have pre­scrip­tions for med­i­cal cannabis through spe­cially li­censed physi­cians, sup-

plied by eight li­censed cannabis grow­ers pro­duc­ing about 10 tons a year. Hun­dreds of other po­ten­tial grow­ers have ap­plied for li­censes.

Ex­port­ing Is­raeli-grown cannabis is po­ten­tially a multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness.

“The ex­port of med­i­cal cannabis is an in­dus­try with sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic po­ten­tial for the State of Is­rael and will strengthen Is­raeli agri­cul­ture,” said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Moshe Kahlon. “It will serve as an op­por­tu­nity for [Is­rael] to ex­ploit its relative ad­van­tage in de­vel­op­ing med­i­cal prod­ucts from med­i­cal cannabis.”

In keep­ing with the com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the Is­rael Po­lice and the Min­istry of Health are pre­par­ing a plan over the next three months to be­gin the ex­port process.

A phar­ma­cist dis­pens­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana at the Tikun Olam store in Tel Aviv. Tikun Olam, op­er­at­ing un­der li­cense from the Is­rael Min­istry of Health since 2007, is the first, largest and fore­most sup­plier of med­i­cal cannabis in Is­rael. Photo by Hadas Parush/FLASH90

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Moshe Kahlon, left, and Health Min­is­ter Yaakov Litz­man ac­cept­ing the com­mit­tee re­port re­gard­ing the ex­port of med­i­cal cannabis. Photo cour­tesy of Is­rael Health Min­istry

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