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Although the CBD component has been removed from the list of dangerous drugs and is legally sold worldwide, its use is still not approved in Israel. We asked Adv. Omri why, and we understood that the state has many factors to please - its citizens are not among them



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The state has no interest in hurting you less

Although the CBD component has been removed from the list of dangerous drugs and is legally sold worldwide, its use is still not approved in Israel.

We asked Adv. Omri why, and we understood that the state has many factors to please - its citizens are not among them

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David Rosenthal

Sunday, 24 January 2021, 00:34

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A New York store sells CBD oil.

And when in Israel?

(Photo: AP, Mary Altaffer)

During January, medical cannabis supplier Tikkun Olam-Cannabit announced that it would collaborate with Donna Italia in the development of ice creams and pizzas that include CBD.

Although this is an Israeli company, we will not be able to enjoy these products in Israel.

The reason: Unlike in Europe, CBD is still recognized as an addictive substance and should not be distributed.



"CBD or in its full name cannabidiol, is one of the many active ingredients found in the cannabis plant, which is a general name for three types of plants, each of which has a different compound, so the active ingredients are either different or in varying doses," explains Adv. Criminally, "cannabis has been shown to be effective in a variety of cases, ranging from inhibiting the development of cancer in the body, through relieving mental distress, to relieving chronic pain."



It should be noted that in recent years the Ministry of Health has tried to align itself with EU countries and approve a deviation of the CBD component of up to 0.2 percent in food and cosmetics, but less than two weeks ago it was decided not to approve the move, which will hurt both Israeli production and exports.



"The distribution of CBD remains illegal in the country, as there is a veto on the part of the Ministry of Health on everything extracted from the cannabis plant," explains Adv. Leshem, "unless the state provides it with special approval.

The obvious question is, why in 2021 is this still the case?

Let's not be naive.

Difficulties are piled up on everything related to cannabis from every possible direction.

Even today, with tens of thousands of people in Israel receiving medical cannabis treatment - and the number steadily rising daily - the state still invests disproportionate resources in activities to eradicate the cannabis market that does not pass through it.

This happens when it is absolutely clear that there is no ability to control the market, because whoever needs it obtains a prescription, whether it is in a legal or pirated manner. "

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According to Adv. Leshem, quite a few foreign interests enter the system of considerations. "It is a pity, for example, that the illegal weapons in the country are not being eradicated with the same intensity as cannabis.

It seems that precisely from his eradication the state would have benefited much more, especially in human life.

There are two factors here that converge into a common interest: The first factor is the state's desire to be a monopoly in the field.

Although one that produces an outsourced product, but still, without a license from it it is not possible to do so legally.

The second factor is the drug companies.

These are huge corporations with lobbies whose power is difficult to understand in any parliament in the Western world and in general.

These corporations put in huge sums every year.

Pfizer, for example, which made headlines thanks to the corona vaccine, earned $ 16 billion in 2019, pre-Corona, from drug sales.



"When science confirms that there is a non-chemical solution and is not part of the research of the drug giants, it makes the chemical solutions less necessary and less attractive. These solutions, in the form of cannabis, are natural, relatively inexpensive and with fewer side effects. At the same time Are not in themselves causing the need for complementary chemical drugs. Such great effectiveness on the part of cannabis is problematic for drug companies, as they require developments upon developments in order to introduce a 'drug' into the market that alleviates a particular problem. "There is almost no drug that solves a problem, but, at best, there is a 'drug' that temporarily relieves. If it is not a drug anyway, it is better to consume the product that has the fewest side effects and is the most available. In this case, cannabis."

Invalid use and distribution for all incorrect reasons.

Adv. Omri Leshem (Photo: PR, PR)

So why does the state bother to define certain acts as illegal - in this case, distribution and use of drugs made from cannabis - when the expected harm is minimal anyway, if at all?



"The issue connects to the area of ​​non-victim offenses that the state very much enjoys enforcing," replies Advocate Leshem.

Cannabis is similar in this context to gambling.

Gambling in the country is supposedly illegal.

However, this does not prevent the state from routinely running various and varied lotteries and games of chance, even in times of Corona and closures, while at the same time banning the existence of gambling outside the lottery and the Sports Betting Board.

The same goes for cannabis.

It is provided at the discretion of physicians who have received approval from the Ministry of Health and who can give prescriptions for medical cannabis.

Any action beyond that is illegal.

CBD is not legal in the country solely because it is extracted from cannabis.

Other than that, the various reasons given do not justify the sweeping ban.

These are reasons that can also be said in the case of psychiatric or neurological prescription drugs. "



A solution is not seen on the horizon, and in Adv.

"In my opinion, the constitutionality of the intervention in the treatment that a person needs is controversial. It is not disputed that when a person invades the private territory of an unknown person and harms him as a result, it requires state intervention. The damage is only relevant to himself, and the state's right to intervene in and punish someone for his actions should be considered in depth. In particular, as stated, when the state itself serves as both a 'drug supplier' and an available 'casino'. "The wrong reasons. I hope that soon nowadays the brave factor will change the procedures and stop the absurdity in everything related to it."

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