The Israeli Healthy Ministry is allowing a hundred more physicians to give out prescriptions and licenses for medical marijuana. This is twice the current rate and allows more patients have and access to medical marijuana. The country has been pretty progressive with their policies on medical marijuana and as of today about 23,000 people in Israel use the medicine. The new edict from the ministry will expand the benefits of medical marijuana to many more thousands of people that could benefit from cannabis in some capacity.
At the moment, there are thirty-six physicians allowed to prescribe medical marijuana, with half of those physicians within the ministry’s medical cannabis unit while the other half are spread throughout different hospitals around the country. As acceptance has grown for cannabis, so has demand, prompting the ministry to make this change. The issue of obtaining medical marijuana has been an incredibly daunting one the patient was suffering from a terminal condition such as cancer.
The training of more physicians, which is going to take place during the fall is tasked with helping patients in two ways. First by widening the pool of doctors who are knowledgeable about the benefits of medical marijuana and are willing to prescribe it. Secondly, it is going to save patients the hassle of having to wait an extremely long time for something they may need urgently.