Israel to Sell Medical Marijuana in Pharmacies

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Israel, one of the world’s leading countries on medical cannabis research, will soon be dispensing MMJ through pharmacies.

The move, announced by Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, is intended to relieve administrative pressure on the country’s few dispensaries, which are reportedly overburdened with having to fill prescriptions for more than 21,000 registered patients.

“(MMJ) will be prescribed and monitored by the same standards as other medications,” Litzman said, according to the Times of Israel.

Furthermore, the health ministry is attempting to get permission to double the number of MMJ cultivators in the nation from eight to 16.

Litzman said his agency wants more farmers to be able to cultivate cannabis, but the change is being delayed by objections from the current growers.