The movement to end cannabis prohibition is moving along state by state in the USA and nation by nation across the globe, as more and more people from around the world understand that it’s time to legalize. Fresh on the heels of the latest Gallup poll showing that a supermajority of over 2/3 of Americans support legalization, Israel has announced that they are moving forward with plans to legalize and regulate cannabis within the next nine months. The Times of Israel reported on today’s presentation from Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn:
The justice minister said an explanatory memorandum of a bill formulated in accordance with the recommendations would be published by the end of November and that the legalization would go into effect nine months after it is approved, to allow government ministries time to prepare.
“It’s time to make progress and legalize cannabis in Israel,” Nissenkorn said. “This is a significant, holistic and responsible reform, which shows the State of Israel isn’t ignoring reality and is going in the footsteps of developed countries.”
According to the new law being promoted, people age 21 and up will be allowed to purchase cannabis at specialized stores. They will be required to show identification.
While the victories for the cannabis community are piling up, and it seems like legalization is inevitable, we cannot take anything for granted. We are only winning victories because of the hard work of advocates and that everyday people from all walks of life are sharing the truth about how they utilize cannabis.
The recent electoral defeat in New Zealand demonstrates that we still have a lot of work to do, but the pending victory for science and common sense in Israel shows that we are still winning. We must remain vigilant because those in power, those that benefit from the status quo, aren’t going to give up without a fight. In the meantime, too many people are still getting arrested and too many small businesses like Kind Leaf are being hindered by unnecessarily burdensome regulations, so we cannot let up.
Thankfully, the cannabis community has truth and justice on our side. Keep spreading your truth and we’ll continue to see more and more success across the U.S. and the world.