Medical marijuana users are now allowed to consume cannabis oil or vape it in public, yet smoking weed is still prohibited.
The Health Ministry of Israel has recently released new regulations on marijuana possession and use in public. According to new directives, prescribed medical marijuana can be used by patients in public as oil or vapor. The regulations came into effect immediately after their release. Though the most common method of consuming marijuana is smoking, the ministry still bans it in public.
Previously, patients were only permitted to use cannabis at the address listed in the permit, but this restriction led to unnecessary bureaucracy. For instance, when patients changed their address, they had to apply for changes in the permit.
However, the new directives permit medical marijuana consumers to take the oil everywhere. Patients who prefer vaping can also do it anywhere, yet not in the presence of another person and at not in places where pot consumption is specially banned, like schools and airports.
People who work with heavy equipment and operate public transport are still prohibited from using marijuana. In addition, there is no easing of regulations for cannabis smokers. Smoking weed in public can potentially harm others, as the smoke involves combustible materials.
The number of medical marijuana users has already reached 30,000 patients in Israel, and the list of qualifying conditions is growing.
The new directives are implemented by the Ministry of Health with the intention of further marijuana medicalization and making the use of medical cannabis easier for people who require it.