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Legal Pot Foes: 4 Israeli Government Officials Who Have Publicly Opposed Legalizing Pot

By    |   Friday, 26 Jun 2015 03:31 PM

As momentum grows inside Israel for medical marijuana and legalization of pot, some government and medical leaders are questioning whether such a progressive movement is good for the Jewish state.

Here are four officials who publicly opposed marijuana legalization.

1. Tzvi Hendel, chairman of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority
Hendel pushed back on support by the nation's police chief for relaxing pot laws.

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"Marijuana is a dangerous drug, a drug that does great damage to everyone, in particular to young people up to age 25, whose bodies and minds are still developing," Hendel said, according to RT.com.

2. Health Minister Yael German
German registered opposition to a bill introduced by former Likud leader Moshe Feign to let any physician prescribe medical marijuana, rather than a select group approved by the government, Haaretz reported.

German took her concerns to Facebook, adding that physicians could be turned into pot dealers.

“It would not be unrealistic to assume that there would be patients who would pressure doctors to write them a cannabis prescription for any bump, headache or toothache,” German wrote, according to Haaretz.

3. Israel Anti-Drug Authority Chairman Zvi Hendel and Director Yair Geller
Hendel and Geller both have spoken out against legalization, noting the dangers of marijuana that they think have been dismissed in the groundswell of debate, Haaretz reported.

They wrote in a letter accompanying a 90-page Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA) booklet that was sent to the media and leaders of the Israeli legislative body, Knesset: “We are confident that the information in this booklet will make you and your media colleagues rethink the issue, in light of the heavy cost to Israeli society if restrictions on drug use are eased.”

Geller added that the IADA “is concerned by the influence of the discourse on legalization, particularly on teenagers. Nearly 20 percent of those under the age of 25 who are in drug-rehab centers are there because of marijuana. The rate of addiction among teens who use marijuana is about one in six.”

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4. Eitan Gorni, deputy director general of the Anti-Drug and Alcohol Authority
Gorni said his group continues to support medical marijuana that is supervised properly, but not broader legalization.

“We very much oppose legalization,” he said, according to Haaretz.

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