On April 20, selected Israeli pharmacies will begin selling prescription cannabis products. Twenty pharmacies will participate in the pilot program for the regulation of medical marijuana sales in Israel, the main component of the country’s cannabis reform, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and approved by the government in 2016.
According to the health ministry, 900 cannabis entrepreneurs have already filed for permits to grow and process cannabis since the reform was first put in motion.
Obtaining a medical cannabis prescription in Israel had traditionally been a long and complex process which required a doctor’s recommendation and an approval from a special committee. Those who have a prescription could only purchase medical cannabis at a few designated dispensaries. With the implementation of the new reform, Israeli doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis-based medications, which will be sold at ordinary pharmacies.
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