Israel to begin exporting medical cannabis overseas

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Israel plans to begin exporting medical marijuana overseas, the nation’s agriculture minister said, a decision that comes soon after the government approved steps to make MMJ more widely available to patients in the country.

The Times of Israel reported the shipments would begin “soon.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told Israel Radio over the weekend that in two years the country will have “protocols in place that will allow farmers to grow cannabis,” according to Israel’s online Hebrew-language magazine Cannabis.

He added that his ministry has taken steps to establish facilities for research and trials involving cannabis cultivation.

Ariel said he plans to approve a request to export MMJ abroad.

In June, the Israeli government approved a plan to remove curbs on medical cannabis cultivation and make the plant more available to more than 23,000 patients, according to the Times of Israel.