Israel: Driving under cannabis with medical license is allowed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Health allow driving for patients with a prescription for medical cannabis, but ...

A regulation signed 6 months ago by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman, stipulates that patients treated with medical cannabis can drive a vehicle; after several hours have passed. However, the police are showing themselves against it, by continuing to impose fines on the drivers. Road safety proposes to the Ministry of Health to change its regulations, now screening tests are approved in Israel ...

A world first for patients treated with medical cannabis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and also the Minister of Health in Israel, signed regulations authorizing road driving for patients treated with medical cannabis. For the first time, and under certain conditions, patients are no longer considered criminals as soon as they touch a steering wheel ...

This resolution is based on the fact that cannabis stays over 3 weeks in the body; and that it is not possible to determine whether there is a risk for driving under the influence. However the condition is as follows, and seems quite realistic: patients (licensed) can drive a vehicle after 3 hours have elapsed (since their last use of cannabis).

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, resolution leaders allowing patients to drive.

However, despite this directive signed more than 6 months ago; the Israeli police do not seem to be up to date ... The national road safety authority is also opposed to the proposal of the Ministry of Health.

New road safety offer ...

Arrests and license withdrawals continue. But it is now clear that lawyers and legal services are relying on Netanyahu's document. However, the police do not seem ready to accept this settlement; and opposes this measure by offering patients free travel on public transport.

Following this dispute, the Ministry of Health will adjust the previous regulation, to the amount of THC present in the body ... Apart from free transport, the proposal for this new amendment to the Highway Code will set the THC rate at 5 nanograms per ml. For example, in Colorado, we set the limit at 15 nanograms per ml. For very regular consumers, this represents a rate that is much too low ...

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This very low rate of 5 nanograms per ml can correspond to more or less regular smokers who have not smoked for 2 weeks… And this will not help patients under medical treatment…

Ministry update, approved screening tests

The proposal was not long in coming, but remains unclear for medical cannabis patients. Indeed Monday, the deputies supported the law initiated by Minister Gilad Erdan and MP Eitan Cabel. The police are able to carry out screening tests on drivers ...

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"A police officer can send the driver for urine and blood tests, even if the saliva test is negative", MK Eitan Cabel (Photo: Noam Rivkin)

It should be noted that the amendment ignores several important data, including the fact that cannabis residues can remain in saliva for hours and even days after cannabis use - so that drivers who have not used cannabis of cannabis before or while driving may also be found guilty. We also know that cannabis is not dangerous driving.

In the end, the State of Israel will have to distinguish between the patient and the alleged criminal… The law allowing driving under a medical license does exist. And, for now, she continues to advocate for licensed medical patients on the roads in Israel.

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