The Israeli government Sunday, March 5, voted for the decriminalization of marijuana. “Israel can no longer close our eyes to the changes that occur around the world in regards to marijuana use,” said Minister of justice Ilete shaked, reports Reuters.
Under the new rules, for Smoking marijuana would be issued a fine. To prosecute and send under arrest as it used to be only in the case of repeated violations. Selling and growing marijuana remains in the category of criminal offences.
As informs NEWSru Israel, the proposal on the decriminalization of marijuana use was put forward by the office for combating drugs and Sharen askel the Deputy from party “Likud”. In its original form it did not receive the support of Ministers of internal security and justice.
According to the Israeli police, which leads Reuters, in 2015, for the use of marijuana was arrested 188 people, which is 56% less compared to 2010. With about 25 thousand inhabitants of Israel have a license for the use of marijuana for medical purposes.