Despite the statement by Minister of Defense, Gilad Arden, that the police will not focus on self-inflicted cannabis offenses following the fines law, the official figures show otherwise.
The Minister's statement that the police will not focus enforcement on the search for consumers in private homes now appears to be a no-cover promise.
Following the Freedom of Information petition Submitted Cannabis Magazine About three months ago, the number of search warrants received by the police during the 2019 year was revealed for the first time, as well as in the preceding 5 years.
According to the data during the year 2019 alone (from 1.1 to 25.7), police received an 204 warrant search of private homes for a crime Personal use Only - that is, one search warrant daily.
This is a sharp increase compared to the year 2018, so the police received an 284 search warrant for self-use throughout the year, and in fact at an all-time high.
In 2017, police received a search warrant for 272 for self-use. In 2016, the police received 201 such a search warrant and in 2015 only 161 was searched for self-use.
In terms of non-self-inflicted offenses, there was also an increase in the number of search warrants given to the police compared to the previous years.
In 7 months so far in 2019, police have already received 274 search warrant for illegal import and 34 search warrant for illegal growth - compared to similar numbers throughout each of the previous years.
The data were revealed despite police refusal to disclose them under the Freedom of Information Act and only after a petition filed by the Cannabis magazine to the court. In response to the petition, police disclosed some of the data relating to the number of search warrants given to them.
However, the police refused to answer how many of the search warrants that it had asked the judges were also finally approved, meaning that the judges are actually used as a "rubber stamp". Following this refusal, the legal process will probably continue against it.
At the same time, the police continue to refuse to disclose data on the amount of fines given for self-use of cannabis as well as the amount of money collected from these fines. For this refusal, Cannabis Magazine filed another petition.