A bill that would decriminalize marijuana possession in Israel has been passed the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee.
The committee passed the measure in a unanimous vote, sending it towards a vote by the full Knesset (legislature). The proposed law would remove criminal penalties for the personal possession of marijuana, replacing charges with a simple ticket.
For a person’s first-time offense of possessing marijuana, it will be, at most, a ticket of 1,000 shekels ($275). A second offense will be 2,000 shekels, and third offenses (within five years) will allow the individual to ask for a higher fine or community service.
Oren Leibovitz, who heads the Green Leaf party, says Israel is “on the way to complete legalization.”