Green Leaf threatens to expose pot-toking politicians
Smoke and mirrors

Green Leaf threatens to expose pot-toking politicians

Liberal party that advocates legalizing marijuana says it has names, photos and testimony incriminating 18 prospective Knesset members

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A marijuana plant. (photo credit: AP)
A marijuana plant. (photo credit: AP)

The Green Leaf party on Sunday claimed that it has pictures of 18 politicians who oppose the legalization of marijuana — smoking pot.

The party’s demands may be half-baked, but it said it would reveal the names of 18 real contenders for Knesset seats who smoke or have smoked ganja and denied it. It claimed to have photo and eyewitness evidence of members of various parties smoking the buddha.

“We will expose the mask of hypocrisy,” it said. “The candidates must testify and explain why they think it’s acceptable to demonize cannabis users with a criminal record but not their own names.”

“It’s astounding the level of hypocrisy raised by the information in our hands,” said Dr. Michael Golan, the Green Leaf party’s No.6.

The Green Leaf describes itself as a non-sectorial liberal party that calls for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Its website also says it advocates lower taxes, freeing public lands for private use, and reducing protective tariffs.

Party chairman Yaron Lerman claimed that over 700,000 Israeli citizens are regarded as criminals in the eyes of the law because they toke weed, something it aims to eliminate legislatively.

“A law that the public doesn’t respect to such a large extent is not a just law,” Golan added.

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