Israel: Accessibility to medical cannabis to be made easier for some

Specially trained doctors will be able to provide a prescription for the possession and use of medical cannabis for patients with certain types of conditions instead of having to apply for a license. This was decided Tuesday by the Knesset Health Committee, and the change in regulations will enter into force 180 days after their publication.

Until now, to get medical cannabis legally, a patient had to obtain a license with the approval of the ministry or certain doctors who were trained for this.

The new regulations state that from now on, some applicants – those who suffer from epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, dementia, autism (without an age limit), malignant cancers, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and terminally ill patients whose life expectancy does not exceed six months – will no longer need a license.

They will be able to get a prescription from doctors who will undergo special training on the subject (not including family doctors, pediatricians, or internal medicine specialists).

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