Say it ain’t so. The Jewish world is going up in smoke, so to speak. First it was Kosher Marijuana in New York and now Israel is making moves to decriminalize weed.
Israeli media say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet has approved a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. If caught, smokers would pay a fine, instead of facing criminal charges.
Netanyahu said ahead of Sunday’s meeting that a “new enforcement policy” should be drawn up “cautiously and in a controlled manner.”
The decision does not mean that Jerusalem will now have Amsterdam-style coffee shops. The Haaretz daily said a committee would study ways to regulate the use of weed.
Opposition lawmaker Tamar Zandberg told Haaretz: “This is an important step, but not the end of the road. It sends a message that a million Israelis who consume marijuana aren’t criminals.”
This is great news for marijuana supporters all over the world.
Ziggy Marley must feel like he is in heaven; his favorite plant will be decriminalized in his favorite country.