Israel is Considering the Possible Legalization of CBD

  • Updated December 16, 2021

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Israel is Considering the Possible Legalization of CBD

The Health Ministry Committee is studying issues related to the CBD exclusion from the list of dangerous drugs.

CBD is the second most popular active ingredient in the Cannabis plant. It does not provide a psychotropic effect or dangerous consequences and is allowed in many countries.

“Now Israel is also considering the possibility of legalizing this compound in order “to be able to actively market products containing CBD,”

— Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz wrote on Twitter. Such products include oils, chewing gum and other goods. Among them are also cosmetics, namely creams, ointments and other products containing CBD in low or high concentrations.

According to the World Health Organization, people who use CBD products do not experience addiction, abuse or any other negative side effects of using pure CBD. 2017 WHO report states that CBD users tolerate goods with this component well, even in high concentrations. In addition, they talk about a high percentage of the use of CBD components illegally, and this is another reason out of all possible for legalization.

A specially created committee to investigate the CBD will deal with the issue of legalization. Its powers will include examining the possibility of legal sale of this component, as well as considering potential use in the food and cosmetic industries. In addition, experts will also study how other countries approach the issue of legalizing CBD, what restrictions they accept from the point of view of security and how they monitor the implementation of the rules. 

The Committee will be headed by the Assuta Medical Centers Chairman Prof. Joshua Shemer. The first recommendations on the issue related to the exclusion of CBD from the list of dangerous drugs should be provided as early as January 2022.

Recall that this case, connected with CBD legalization, it is not the first in the history of Israel. However, the previous ones didn’t wind up successfully. In July, the coalition did not win when passing a bill to decriminalize the use of up to 50 grams of cannabis for personal recreational purposes. An attempt to reclassify CBD as a dietary supplement also failed: the Raam party voted against it, and the proposal did not receive support in the Knesset.

At the end of November, the Israel coalition created a committee headed by New Hope faction chairwoman Sharren Haskel to adopt laws on medical cannabis.

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