Proposed reforms regulating medical marijuana have earned preliminary support in the Knesset, after receiving the backing of the Islamist Ra’am party.
The vote passes 54-42. It still requires three more votes to become law.
Israel has taken steps in recent years to make medical cannabis available and is poised to become a major exporter of the crop, though local medical cannabis users have complained of near-impossible access to the few dispensaries licensed to distribute it.
Ra’am in July refused to back similar legislation that would have also decriminalized recreational marijuana.