Israel Is One of the World?s Medical Marijuana Capitals?

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In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say ? without the high. Named 'Rafael', for a healing angel called upon by Moses, this varietal of cannabis is for people who don't want to be under the influence, and it is available in oral doses in Israel. Israel has become a world leader in science on the medical uses of marijuana, and its producers could become major exporters of medical cannabis, experts say.

But so far the government has allowed them to export only their knowledge, not the actual product.

Interesting work they're doing, and potentially quite valuable. It's interesting that the Drug War stigma associated with marijuana is enough to prevent Jerusalem from allowing exports of stuff which won't get anyone high, but will give chemo patients their appetites back.

This is doubly strange for Israel, which has made itself quite rich on high-tech exports. Once again, government moves much more slowly than the private sector.

Posted by Jim Hatridge on February 3, 2015 at 1:19 PM 1762 Views