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Pro-marijuana party in blunt message: ‘Yes, we’ll run’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

A ballot being counted for the pro-marijuana Green Leaf party, which did not cross the electoral threshold, on March 18, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
A ballot being counted for the pro-marijuana Green Leaf party, which did not cross the electoral threshold, on March 18, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Boaz Wachtel, acting chair of the Green Leaf party, says the pro-marijuana legalization party will run in Israel’s upcoming elections.

“Yes, we’ll run,” he says, adding that there are ongoing disagreements within the party over its leadership.

Although the party has run in several elections since it was founded in 1999, it has been unable to cross the electoral threshold to send lawmakers to the Knesset.

The November election will be the first time the party has run since 2015.

A bill to regulate medical cannabis by broadening grants of growers’ licenses, creating quality oversight, and facilitating import and export failed to pass in the Knesset last week.

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