Israel: Politicians Narrowly Reject Measure Depenalizing Cannabis Possession

Jerusalem, Israel: Members of the Israeli Parliament have narrowly defeated legislation that sought to depenalize activities involving the possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults. 

The proposal sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties involving the possession of up to 50 grams of cannabis and/or the home-cultivation of personal use quantities of the plant. The legislation failed in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) by a vote of 55 to 52.

Lawmakers decriminalized low-level marijuana possession offenses in 2017 – subjecting first-time and second-time offenders to a fine-only penalties. The production and prescribed use of medical cannabis is permitted nationwide. 

Additional information on Israeli cannabis laws is available on Lexology