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Medical cannabis to be made available by prescription for certain illnesses

Medical cannabis to be available by prescription for certain illnesses

Cigarettes filled with medical cannabis are seen at Pharmocann, an Israeli medical cannabis company in northern Israel January 24, 2019. Picture taken January 24, 2019. .
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)


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 Patients with certain medical conditions will be permitted to receive medical cannabis by prescription rather than requiring Health Ministry permission, Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman announced on Thursday evening. 

“I have decided to adopt the position of Ministry of Health professionals to permit a prescription instead of a license for certain medical conditions where diagnosis is clear,” Litzman said.

“I emphasize that this is not legalization, and individuals who are not medically authorized to use [cannabis] will not be able to receive the drug at the pharmacy. But this is a process that will make it significantly easier in terms of bureaucratic procedures for the sick.”

The move will require the alteration of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance which regulates the use of dangerous substances.

In addition, non-THC products – such as products containing CBD alone – will also be excluded from the ordinance. 

“Israel is a leader in the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and this step is another stage in making it easier for patients and turning medical cannabis into a medical product like any other,” said Health Ministry Director General Moshe Bar Siman Tov.

“We will continue to monitor its application and make it even easier for patients, while ensuring that those who need to receive it, do so in the easiest way.”

A draft of the new medical cannabis regulations will be published soon, the Health Ministry said.

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