Israeli Pharmacies to Carry Marijuana

Doctors will now be able to prescribe Cannabis to their patients who can pick up the medication from their local pharmacy.

A large change is coming to medical marijuana in Israel. In the wake of many recent studies, as well as numerous policy reevaluations, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman announced Monday that more doctors will now be able to prescribe medical marijuana, as the drug will now be made available in pharmacies.

Announcing the policy change at the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse, Litzman explained, “Even today there are pharmacies that give all kinds of other medications like drugs and morphine – we’ll establish order in this as well. At the moment we’re dealing with the Supreme Court because of the issue of growers.”

Litzman elaborated on the change, explaining that the government hopes to see Israeli pharmacies carrying medical marijuana, pending Supreme Court Approval. Due to issues surrounding the growing of cannabis in Israel, the government will likely require Supreme Court approval before being able to enact these policy changes.

Litzman added that shifting the drug’s distribution to pharmacies will also be in cannabis-growers’ best interests, as many of the growers are due to submit tender requests in the coming months.

Charwoman of the Knesset Committee, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, welcomed the policy shift, saying, “This is great news for the first time in a few years, since the field of cannabis hit a dead end. The transition of medical cannabis treatment to specialists and distribution at pharmacies is a huge step forward.”

Other Israelis also spoke out in support of the announcement. Many doctors are excited to see some changes in Israeli medical marijuana policy, since the changes announced will make it more feasible for doctors to actually prescribe medical marijuana to their patients. Patients are also happy, since the reforms will make it easier for them to fill their prescriptions, and will help with ensuring proper dosage of their marijuana.

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