Israel marijuana: Users to face excellent rather than rapist charge

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A cannabis plantation nearby Safed in a north. Israel is a heading researcher in medical pot use

The Israeli supervision has taken stairs to revoke a penalties for personal pot use.

It corroborated skeleton to emanate fines initially, and usually review to rapist charges for repeat offenders.

Selling, shopping and producing a drug will sojourn bootleg and a pierce contingency still be validated by parliament.

According to a UN Office on Drugs and Crime, roughly 9% of Israelis use cannabis, yet some experts trust a figure to be higher.

The pierce follows recommendations by a cupboard set adult to investigate a issue, and moves by a series of US states and European nations to decriminalise use of a drug.

“On a one palm we are opening ourselves adult to a future. On a other hand, we know a dangers and will try to change a two,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cupboard forward of a vote.

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Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said: “Israel can't close a eyes to a changes being done opposite a universe in honour to pot expenditure and a effects.”

Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan combined that a pierce was “an critical step on a approach to implementing a new process that will emphasize preparation and diagnosis instead of rapist enforcement”.

Under a new system, first-time personal users who are held and confess will be fined 1,000 shekels (£220; $270), with this doubling on a second occasion.

Probation will request a third time and usually a fourth box would lead to rapist charges.

Israel is one of a universe leaders in investigate into medical use of marijuana.