On December 25th, 2018, the Israeli Parliament, a.k.a. the “Knesset”, unanimously passed a bill that paves the way for Israeli medical cannabis exports in the new year.
Proposed by Knesset Member Yoav Kisch, the new medical cannabis export law was finally approved following its second and third readings. Now, the only thing missing is approval from the cabinet. Adv. Hagit Weinstock of the Weinstock Zehavi & Co. law firm, who represents medical cannabis growers, entrepreneurs, and investors, told Globes that the question of exports would be brought to the government for discussion in the coming weeks.
“This now an opportunity for the Israeli government to put an end to this saga and approve cannabis exports before the elections. We must not be forced to wait another six months for it to be brought to the next government for approval.”
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected cannabis exports the last time he had a chance, Kisch’s law is more likely to pass since it stipulates that every medical cannabis license will be contingent on a license from the Ministry of Health.
If passed, cannabis exports out of Israel could play a major role in supplying cannabis for research and development initiatives around the globe, as well as for patients in cannabis importing countries like Germany.
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