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Israel To Greatly Expand Access To Medical Cannabis

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Israel To Greatly Expand Access To Medical Cannabis

More supply, combined with the extra doctors available to prescribe it, could drastically cut down on the time patients need to wait before accessing the drug.

Medical cannabis owes much to Israel. It was Hebrew University chemist Raphael Mechoulam and his research partners who first identified THC and the human body’s endocannabinoid system, and the Israeli Defense Forces began using cannabis to treat soldiers with shell shock – also known as PTSD – in 2004.

But thus far, the 23,000 citizens of Israel who have access to medical marijuana are allowed the drug via the recommendation of only 36 doctors – not enough to make cannabis available to those who may need it.

Recognizing this, Israeli health officials announced that 100 more doctors would be authorized to issue licenses and prescriptions allowing patients to use cannabis, Haaretz reported.

Most doctors who currently prescribe medical marijuana in Israel are oncologists, according to reports. Allowing other doctors to prescribe cannabis would allow patients suffering from other ailments to acquire and use medical marijuana, chief among them chronic pain, brain ailments, and ailments associated with aging.

Israel could soon become the worldwide mecca for medical marijuana use, ahead of even the United States. Earlier in the summer, health officials recommended removing most of the restrictions on growing medical marijuana.

What do you think? Should more people have access to cannabis?

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  3. Gilbert monson

    August 17, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I think the DEA is full of morans money greedy BASTARDS they can’t make any money off of it their own by pharmaceutical company’s to them it’s money over health death Obama your an idiot to they got your ass in their back pocket to just look at t Isreal they been researching it for years their senior citizens been smoking it for years in retirement homes shit the drug company’s has the federal goverment in their back pocket the VA had me on 12 different perspections I ended up in a wheele chair so I threw all of them in the shit can brought me some marijuana I’m out of the wheel chair I’m back to normal goverment don’t give a fuck about the vet they won’t you can’t get a perscription for weed they rather load you up with a shit load of perscriptions BIG MONEY obummer made sure of that greedy it’s all thoes political ass holes running our crooked goverment obummer when did you serve

    • Calvina Fay

      August 18, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Should more people have access to cannabis?

      First of all, congratulations Gilbert – I’m so glad you’re back to normal. I don’t think there are too many pot enthusiasts that can give a more breathtaking answer to Chris Robert’s question. I noticed you forgot to put a question mark at the end of your paragraph though. Your answer could have used about a dozen periods before that one too. It’s challenging to give a precise amount to correct your paragraph.

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