Israel mulls decriminalizing cannabis

In March, a similar legislation was rejected by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation
The Times of Israel (Israel)
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

israel-cannabisThe Justice Ministry is exploring the possibility of Israel decriminalizing the use of soft drugs such as cannabis, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said. Under the potential guidelines, those caught using soft drugs would have to pay a fine, but it would no longer be considered a criminal act. The rationale behind the potential policy, Shaked said, is that the use of soft drugs is too widespread to be considered criminal, but by issuing fines, it remains as an act that is not permitted by the government. (See also: Marijuana decriminalization would penalize users under 21 | Israel must leave marijuana smokers alone)