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is cbd oil legal in israel

According to consulting firm Deloitte Israel in a report from September 2019, the Israeli market for CBD, including cosmetics, dietary supplements, and food and beverages, stands to be worth $300-475 million within the next five years. The estimation is that Israel will be able to attain and hold about 1.5% of the total global CBD market share by 2025, which should be approximately $30 billion by that time. The industry is also expected to open up about 8,000 new jobs for Israelis.

When it comes to cannabis, Israel is not the most lax country when it comes to regulation. However, this undermines the fact that Israel is about the most far ahead when it comes to medical research concerning cannabis. With the help of Raphael Mechoulam, whose work was roundly ignored for decades, and who in the more recent environment of cannabis acceptance has now been lauded for his work, Israel has been the world leader in cannabis research. This did not stop the drug from being completely illegal recreationally, with no personal use laws until only the last couple years. Now, in a move that shows its ready to play catch-up for real, Israel not only is discussing plans for a recreational legalization, but is set to remove CBD from its list of dangerous drugs, with the expectation that CBD products will soon be lining supermarket shelves.

It should always be remembered when reading a story like this, that the final approval has not actually been made. Next week, when the Knesset Health Committee gets together, it will discuss the issue. If it agrees that CBD is not dangerous, then it can officially make the approval of the amendment. So, while it does seem like Israel is taking a straight shot to making this happen, it’s not a done deal, and technically, doesn’t have to be. Interested parties should keep a watch on the news (and this site) to find out the outcome next week.

What does this mean for Israel?

Like pretty much anywhere in the world, selling and supply crimes are illegal, and offenders can find themselves with 20-year prison sentences. This can be increased to 25 years in the case of extenuating circumstances, like selling to a minor. Cultivation is technically illegal, but also seems to fall into gray area. According to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, growing can carry up to 20 years. In 2017, the publication Cannabis made public that there had been an order issued which stated that growing small amounts for personal use would only be seen as a minor violation. This was meant to be a way to separate large-scale, and small-scale growers. However, this order was obviously never meant to be public, and when Cannabis put out the news, the response from law enforcement was that no change had legally been made.

More and more countries have been loosening their policies when it comes to the non-psychoactive component of cannabis – CBD (cannabidiol). With a new amendment waiting for final approval, Israel says CBD is not dangerous, and is expected next week to remove it from its Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.

Another thing to understand about this amendment is that it’s not all about CBD. It includes every cannabinoid that’s not THC, so long as the product or preparation still adheres to the no more than .3% THC policy. This means that other psychoactive cannabinoids like CBN (cannabinol), will also be able to be freely used. THC would remain the only compound listed in the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, meaning that according to Israel, CBD is not dangerous, and neither are other non-THC cannabinoids.

One last note on Israeli cannabis reform. The country may actually be starting to lay the foundations for recreational legalization, potentially within a year, with Canada as the basic model for regulating an adult-use market.

This internal order was designed to help law enforcement officers classify cases of cannabis cultivation; enabling them to focus on larger-scale farmers and growers, rather than small-scale consumers. However, this order was not intended to be made public, and was ‘outed’ by the online publication, Cannabis.

In 2016, KM (Knesset member) Sharren Haskel called for CBD to be excluded from the list of illegal dangerous drugs. In her draft bill, she highlighted the medicinal benefits of the substance, and the difference between ‘natural’ and synthetic CBD.

Can you grow cannabis in Israel?

According to the magazine, the guidelines provided criteria for assessing the severity of the cultivation offence. These included factoring in the number of plants, the amount of planning involved (e.g. if the grower had rented premises specifically for cannabis cultivation), previous criminal offences and the quantity of cannabis produced.

In 2016, a draft bill was put forward by six KMs, proposing to exclude industrial strains of cannabis from the dangerous drugs list. These cannabis strains are identified as having a THC of less than 0.2%, and as being recognised fit for industrial use by the European Union.

In 2019, Israel’s government introduced a new law, permitting the export of medicinal cannabis. Given that the country is among the world’s biggest producers, many experts felt this made good financial sense. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked commented: “I’m glad this is finally happening. It opens a very big market in Israel… I am glad we can reap the profits here.”

All the way since the 1960s, Isreal has been heavily invested in research on CBD Oil. The Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam was the very first person to isolate the cannabinoid CBD from THC. A discovery that has made the man world-known in the industry.

When questioned why he chose to work in the field of medical marijuana, Mechoulam explained that for centuries, humans have been using plant-based chemicals as a means of curing a wide range of diseases.

Background history of Israel’s CBD Industry

There are multiple different organizations currently holding conflicting views on the subject. In 2017, the Ministry of Health declared CBD illegal in the country. Their view was that it was not permissible to import or grow. However, the police organization of Isreal came out with a different view.

This is due to the fact that the Ministry of health has no enforcement power to regulate the behavior of businesses or consumers.

They determined CBD to not be a dangerous substance under the Drugs ordnance. According to them, this makes CBD fully legal to use and sell. Therefore, it is very unlikely that vendors or individuals consuming or handling CBD products would be arrested or face legal actions.