A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled, “Israel: Cannabis Powerhouse“. That post noted how Israel has been at the forefront of cannabis for decades. Namely, it was one of the pioneers of cannabis research, an early adopter of medical cannabis, and one of the few countries that has embraced of medical cannabis imports and exports (for example, Israel recently exported medical cannabis to Australia). Nevertheless, Israel still lags behind countries like Canada that have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. But that’s changing.
As I noted in the above post back in the summer, there had been a preliminary vote in Israel’s Knesset (i.e., its parliament) to push towards a national recreational cannabis market. At the time, this was a huge step toward a legal recreational market. But it ultimately didn’t advance the ball that much until more recently.
In November 2020, Israel announced that it was moving forward with a plan to legalize recreational cannabis nationally. The country is aiming to implement recreational legalization within nine months, and even if there are delays, that means mid-to-late 2021. There’s still a ways to go and more hearings will be held this month.
Israel is reportedly modeling its recreational