The Justice Ministry is looking at the chance of Israel decriminalizing the use of lighter drugs such as marijuana, according to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Wednesday. Shaked informed Army Radio that under new possible laws, people caught with less intense drugs would merely need to pay a fine. It would no longer send people to jail.
Shaked was asked whether or not this was the first step in legalization in drugs such as marijuana. Seemingly a bit vexed, she responded: “we are talking about decriminalization, not legalization.” He stressed that the reasoning behind the law is that the use of certain drugs are much too common to put people in jail for, but at the same time, should not be allowed by the government.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked goes to the Jewish Home party meeting every week. She reports that she has been happy because of the changing policy towards soft drugs after entering office in 2015. Shaked did not go into detail. However, Israel’s Hebrew-language online magazine Cannabis reported that Ministerial Committee for Legislation is going to hold a vote on Sunday to decide whether or not they would like to decriminalize the drug. Decriminalization would apply to anyone over the age of 21 with fifteen or fewer grams of marijuana.
Those found with marijuana in their home (under 15 grams of course) would need to pay NIS 300. Those caught with the same amount in public would need to pay NIS 1,500. The new law would not change the punishment for anyone found growing marijuana in their own home or for anyone under the age of 21, according to the report. During the Spring, a similar measure was not passed by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which would have allowed up to five grams of marijuana for personal use.
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