Deputy Minister of Health Yakov Litzman today announced that medical cannabis will be available in pharmacies in Israel, and that more doctors would be allowed to prescribe it.
"There are already pharmacies that dispense all sorts of other drugs, such as morphine. There is order with that, and there will be order with this," Litzman said. "There will be registration, and we'll supervise it, but it will be according to a standard, like a drug. Right now, we're in a case at the High Court of Justice because of the growers, and we'll issue a tender for the growers. I hope we get approval from the High Court of Justice."
"We'll fight aggressively to allow this to get out," Litzman emphasized. "The growers will also be stronger. As soon as there is a tender, it shifts to selling a drug by prescription, and I'm sure it will be accepted. We have a lot more work and much more to do, but this is my headline."
Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse chair MK Tamar Zandberg welcomed Litzman's announcement. "We've heard very good news here for the first time in many years," she said. "This is momentous news. Thank you very much for setting forth these principles. I think that this news was desperately needed."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 27, 2015
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