As federal cannabis reform slowly trudges forward in the United States, Israel is poised to decriminalize cannabis possession nationwide.

On Wednesday, March 9, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar signed a regulation that renders cannabis possession and personal consumption subject solely to an administrative fine. The regulations are anticipated to be approved imminently by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, and will go into effect immediately. 

Additionally, earlier this week, Sa’ar and Israeli President Isaac Herzog announced plans to facilitate expungement efforts for past offenders.

The regulations come in the nick of time. A temporary, similar order from 2019 was set to expire at the end of this March.

The regulations mark a huge step forward…

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