It seems that Israel is taking steps toward the legalization of recreational cannabiswith the government considering fully decriminalizing adult use.
President Isaac Herzog and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar announced Sunday that the government is also considering expunging criminal records of those convicted of personal possession or cannabis use, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Once the new regulations are approved, Israelis with a possession or personal use conviction will be able to have their records cleared upon submitting a request with the Justice Ministry, once it is filed for the president to decide upon.
Those with pending criminal proceedings would be able to contact the police and request their charges be dropped but only for people who have no other criminal records.
In February, Sa’ar submitted his decriminalization of marijuana plan, which seeks to recategorize cannabis-related offenses from criminal to civil offenses, for public comment, according to the news outlet. The move will “lift the criminal labeling and the stain that accompanies it” and it builds on a proposal that was put forward to amend the Administrative Rules and Order law.
Currently, cannabis use is partially decriminalized in the Middle Eastern countrywith the first two incidents resulting in fines and an indictment filed only upon the fourth offense.
Once Sa’ar signs the regulations – which is expected in the coming days – approval followed by an immediate implementation is anticipated in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) shortly thereafter.
Published: March 07, 2022
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