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Medical Marijuana Legislation (Israel)

Many countries the world over and many states within the United States have been experimenting with the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, especially marijuana used for medicinal (not purely recreational) purposes. One country that is considered very progressive on the medical marijuana front is Israel, which has allowed the consumption of cannabis for medical purposes and sanctioned particular cannabis-producing companies to cultivate and distribute marijuana either at company-run stores or through medical centers (hospitals, pharmacies, etc.).

Marijuana research has been of interest to Israelis for some time; the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was first isolated from the rest of the chemicals that occur in marijuana by two scientists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1964. Medical marijuana was first legalized in Israel in the early 1990s, placing ...

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