Prime time for pot to flourish in Israel

Published May 18th, 2015 - 09:00 GMT
Recently, Israel's Knesset said it was reconsidering the  possibility of decriminalizing marijuana in Israel, as several other nations have done in the last few years. (AFP/File)
Recently, Israel's Knesset said it was reconsidering the possibility of decriminalizing marijuana in Israel, as several other nations have done in the last few years. (AFP/File)

It was a rough week for the MENA region. Daesh took over a major province capital in Iraq, and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was handed the death penalty by an Egyptian court.

But in Israel, there's a police chief who thinks it may be time to rethink pot.

Just outside Jerusalem in the city of Beit Shemesh, Yohanan Danino told a group of high school kids they might be surprised by the government's position on marijuana. Recently, Israel's legislative body, the Knesset, said they'd be open to the idea of decriminizing the use of the drug after several countries have legalized it. 

This is even a little deja vu. Two years ago, he also said he “doesn’t care about individuals smoking joints on their balconies.” 

Especially with all the bad news in the last few days we think it's prime time for the MENA. Or at least, for Danino's thoughts on the matter. He told the Times of Israel the following: 

“I think it’s time for the police, along with the state, to reevaluate its traditional position,”


Thanks for the light-heartedness this week, Danino. 

 

 

 


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