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New Hope MK threatening to buck coalition if ‘cannabis committee’ not formed

New Hope MK Sharren Haskel speaks during a vote on a medical marijuana reform bill, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on October 13, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
New Hope MK Sharren Haskel speaks during a vote on a medical marijuana reform bill, at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on October 13, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

New Hope MK Sharren Haskel is threatening to stop voting for coalition measures until a so-called cannabis committee is formed in the Knesset, according to Hebrew media reports.

The reports say Haskel is accusing the left-wing Meretz party for holding up the establishment of the committee — which will discuss medical marijuana, legalization and other cannabis-related matters — in violation of the coalition deal. The leader of Meretz is Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz.

“If they break the coalition agreements, then I will also break them,” Haskel is quoted as saying by Channel 12 news.

The network says Haskel’s threat is also backed by unspecified senior members of Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s right-wing New Hope party.

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