(JPost) Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) is due to present a proposal to the government to create order in the production, supply and authorization of medical cannabis to patients with serious diseases, on Sunday.
Marijuana, grown for medical purposes in Israel and abroad, is provided by eight suppliers, and is known to relieve pain and other severe symptoms from certain diseases.
The Health Ministry is adding manpower – nine additional physicians to the present 21 doctors who approve use – and funding to its Jerusalem-based unit for supervising the use of medical marijuana and trying to reduce red tape and abuse.
Instead of a maximum fiveweek wait to get a request considered by a psychiatrist at Abarbanel Mental Health Center in Bat Yam – as it was previously – the ministry says it aims to decide on the eligibility of terminally ill patients within 48 hours and within a week for cancer patients on chemotherapy.
In addition, the whole process of authorization, says the ministry, will become more transparent. Its website – www.health.gov.il – will supply information such as criteria for obtaining medical marijuana and other data for all to see.