Israel took a major leap on Monday when Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman announced that more doctors will be able to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients, and that it will be made available at pharmacies, pending a Supreme Court decision on the issue.
Speaking at the Knesset Committee on Drug Abuse, Litzman said: "Even today there are pharmacies that give all kinds of other medications like drugs and morphine - we'll establish order in this as well. At the moment we're dealing with the Supreme Court because of the issue of growers."
Litzman added that moving distribution of the drug to pharmacies will serve to strengthen growers who are due to submit tender requests in the near future.
The committee's chairwoman, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, welcomed the announcement. "This is great news for the first time in a few years years, since the field of cannabis hit a dead end. The transition of medicinal cannabis treatment to specialists and distribution at pharmacies is a huge step forward."
Other officials, doctors and patients, expressed excitement at the impending reforms in the hopes that treatment will become accepted, more effective, and the surrounding bureaucracy more efficient.