Israel Decriminalizes Cannabis Possession

Early Thursday morning (July 19), Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset, approved a bill to decriminalize the possession of cannabis in a near-unanimous vote of 41-1.

The new law, which goes into effect on April 1, 2019, will replace criminal charges and jail time as a punishment for cannabis possession with fines of 1,000 shekels ($275 US) for a first-time offense and 2,000 shekels ($550 US) for a second offense. Those charged with a third offense could face higher fines or community…

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