Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Israel conducts some of the most groundbreaking medical marijuana research in the world. So, it’s no wonder that their citizens benefit from a federal medical marijuana program. Israeli patients with certain conditions can use cannabis medicine to relieve their health issues.
Having a medical marijuana card in Israel allows you to legally buy and use cannabis medicine. Israel prohibits the recreational use of cannabis, so you must get a card to use cannabis legally at all. Although the country decriminalized a person’s first three marijuana offenses in 2017, you can still receive a fine for using it without a card.
When you have a medicinal cannabis card, your doctor can recommend marijuana medicine for you. Legal medicine includes bud, vaping products and oils. While you can’t smoke cannabis outside of your home, you can use oils anywhere and vape in any private place.
You’ll need help from a specially certified doctor to register for a medical marijuana permit in Israel. Not only will they need training from the government, but they must be a specialist for the condition you want to address. Once you find the right doctor, you can work together with them to apply for a medical marijuana card.
Your specialist will fill out an online form with you and print it out. Sign the printed application, and the doctor will send it in to the Medical Cannabis Unit. They’ll review your application and either accept or reject your qualification.
If you’re accepted into the medical marijuana program, you’ll receive a medical cannabis permit. Your supplier will also get a copy of your permit for their records. Then, your supplier will get in touch with you to give you instructions and help you get medicine.
The Medical Cannabis Unit requires a new application every time you change something about your treatment plan or personal information. You should resubmit your information when you switch your support, change your home address or want to use a different consumption method. If you need a different dose, you’ll have to complete extra papers in addition to the base application.
Depending on legislation changes, you may not have to go through the entire application process to get medical marijuana in the future. Israeli officials discussed the possibility of changing to a prescription-only model that doesn’t require as much paperwork in 2016.
Work closely with your specialist after you’ve received your permit, so you can report any changes right away. Recertification may take a little while, so you should discuss any medication changes as soon as possible. Turning in a renewal quickly allows you to get approval for your new medicine sooner rather than later.
Israel recently certified 100 doctors to sign off on medical marijuana recommendations. These doctors can provide a prescription directly to patients without asking for approval from the Medical Cannabis Unit. These new certifications will make the process much easier for marijuana-friendly doctors and patients.
If you’d like to become a certified medical marijuana doctor in Israel, you can take courses taught by the Medical Cannabis Unit. Completion of the courses will give you the power to recommend cannabis medicine for patients in need. To get more information, contact the Ministry of Health’s Medical Cannabis Unit.
As previously mentioned, the Medical Cannabis Unit of the Ministry of Health oversees everything related to marijuana medicine in Israel, so get in contact with them for any questions you have. For broader questions, you can contact the Ministry of Health itself.
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