In the United States, 28 states have legalized marijuana for medical use and since 2012, Colorado, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, D.C. have also approved marijuana for recreational use. The Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legalization gave the initial green light for the export of medical marijuana this past Sunday.
Officials say that the export bill could take months to make it through legislators, but Israel's relaxed attitude towards cannabis use and their recent decriminalization of small quantities for personal use points to a culture that seems open to expanding past traditional dispensaries.
Medical marijuana researchers in universities and hospitals around the world are looking forward to importing cannabis for research and medicinal purposes. Kisch said "My bill defines for the first time the whole field of medical cannabis and allows regulating its export". Only last month the country's Agriculture Ministry announced that it would invest 8 million shekels into medical cannabis research projects. It has a market of $15 million to $20 million at most. In the U.S., the market is expected to reach $50 billion over the next decade. Legislative, administrative and judicial efforts to add PTSD to Colorado's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana have previously failed, but a bill to get it done is now advancing through the state capitol.
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Cannabis inhalers are known to be more effective as it allows a patient to get more cannabinoids per puff.
Scientific organizations in Israel have been working together with cannabis growers to facilitate clinical trials and develop strains to target a number of medical conditions.