After a two-year process, the Knesset approved the bill "responsible decriminalization" initiated by the Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan Second and third readings.
In an overwhelming majority the MKs approved the final version of the bill and rejected all the reservations And the requirements for relief In the sections of the law as submitted by MK Ilan Gilon and MK Sharan Hakeel.
You sprinkle sand in the eyes of the public. This is not a Decriminalization and your use of this term is cynical and political only
- Cannabis Magazine (@Cannabisrael) July 19th, 2018
"This law made me feel like a former chairman of Al Sam," Erdan said on the plenum. "I saw with my own eyes what happens to young men and women who lose their whole world and their future because of constant and constant use of drugs. Precisely because of this I understood that the solution is not criminal enforcement, enforcement that tarnishes their future, prevents their success. Sometimes the police go to places that are easy to enforce. "
"When I was exposed to other methods in the world, I decided that the way to combat the growing use of drugs is not by criminal enforcement, but by a policy of Decriminalization, but in a responsible manner - one that allocates larger budgets for public relations, education and treatment Those who regularly use drugs. I pray that this policy will lead to better results, fewer people will be criminally ill, but we will also be able to change the trend and reduce the use of drugs. "
as Which she determined The Labor and Social Affairs Committee at the beginning of the week The law will only come into effect at 1.4.19, In order to enable the police to manufacture and implement systems to enforce the offense in the new format.
According to The new law, Defined as a "temporary order" valid for 3 years, a person caught with Cannabis in a quantity of self-use will be forced to pay a penalty of 1,000 (for the first time) or 2,000 NIS (the second time).
However, the possibility of paying a fine at a place of incrimination will be given only to someone who does not have a criminal record from the past, nor has he undergone a companion offense such as disturbing a policeman, insulting a public servant, evading evidence,
The third time a person is caught with cannabis for self-use and if he meets the new law, he will be referred to a conditional arrangement procedure in which a police prosecutor will decide whether to impose a higher monetary fine, send the consumer to rehab,
Also from the third time, a file will be registered with the police and the offense will be reported to the welfare authorities. For the fourth time and thereafter, a regular criminal enforcement procedure will apply, in which the consumer may also face actual prison sentences.
As stated, despite Minister Ardan's explicit promise that he will receive at least some of the public's demands for legal relief, all of them have been rejected during the last few weeks by the Labor Committee, headed by MK Eli Alalouf.
Among the demands that were rejected were the requirement to retroactively cancel criminal records for self-use offenses in cannabis, the demand to cancel the enforcement of self-use offenses in private homes, the demand to reduce fines and more.
While the committee accepted the police's demand to postpone the implementation of the law to the 1.4.19 in order to prepare the police system for the enforcement of the offense in the new format, some believe that the postponement is for political reasons of Ardan, who does not want the law to be implemented before the primaries in the Likud.
MK Haskal said on the Knesset stand that "in the wake of the late hour, I will waive the reading of the Justice Ministry report that was drafted for the committee that examined the issue of incrimination. This report undermines the approach of the law today. Putting people in jail and incriminating them is unnecessary. I will also waive the report formulated by the public representative appointed by you, which has the opposite effect on the principles that we are passing today, as well as the report of the attorney general who claims that one of the clauses is unconstitutional. "
She further noted the Survey results Published yesterday and determined that without doing a real Decriminalization this law is incomplete. The survey found that, contrary to Erdan's model of the law, about 70% of Israelis do not think there should be a prison sanction against cannabis consumers. In addition, 50% believe that the incrimination should be completely abolished.
"We believe that the wording of the law can not be called Decriminalization, and it actually makes it easier for police officers to enforce the offenses of self-use in cannabis, and even allows heavy fines that will lead to the exploitation of cannabis consumers in Israel,
"We are currently working to formulate a petition to the High Court of Justice that will respond to expert opinions and ultimately lead to the abolition of incriminations by the Supreme Court, as has been done in 9 countries around the world in recent years."