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Medical cannabis reforms clear initial Knesset vote, with Ra’am’s support

Freshly harvested cannabis (iStock)
Freshly harvested cannabis (iStock)

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.

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