The Israeli Knesset, the country's legislative body, is planning to decriminalize marijuana this week with votes. If the law pass, it would replace jail time with civil fines for most citizens who were guilty of marijuana possession.
The Labor, Welfare and Healthy Committee approved the bill on Monday. The final vote will be expected as soon as Tuesday. The new law will impose a fine of 1,000 shekels, which is about $275 US for first-time offenders. The fine would increase to 2,000 shekels for a second infraction. The third offense would be require a fine or community service instead of a criminal charge. The fourth offense would be considered a criminal offense, which be resulted to an arrest.
The law will not apply to minors, individuals with a criminal record and members of the armed forces. Underage minors will be required to complete a drug rehab program.
A member of the Knesset, Meirav Ben-Ari, who also serves on the Labor, Health and Welfare Committee stated about the new law "I definitely hope that the money from the fines will be allocated for the establishment of a fund for education, information, treatment, and rehabilitation of [drug] addicts, instead of taking the money to the state’s funds."
Israeli is very weed-friendly. The Cannabis community in Israeli and activist was hosted a "Big Bong Night" protest outside the Knesset on April 20 (International Weed Day), where activist had weed, food and music to enjoy. Police didn't interfere with the protest. 25,000 citizens received a license from the government to use medical marijuana.
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