When it comes to medical cannabis, Israel has long been among the leading nations in the world. You can read a post I wrote about Israel’s achievements on that front, both in terms of legality and actual research, here. But despite its deep history with medical cannabis, the country still does not permit legal sales of cannabis for recreational purposes.
Last year, it seemed possible that this could change and that recreational cannabis in Israel would become a thing. As I wrote in December 2020, leaders in Israel’s government adopted the lofty goal of legalizing recreational cannabis within nine months. That clearly didn’t happen. I want to now circle back to why that may have been the case and what the future may hold for Israeli recreational cannabis.
First, I need to go on a brief tangent about Israeli politics. Israeli has a parliamentary government, and its parliament is called the Knesset. The Knesset has 120 seats where seats are given to members of political parties. There are about a dozen political parties in power now, for reference, so suffice it to say, it’s very different from U.S. politics. Parties form coalitions to form a ruling government and select a