MK Eli Alalouf has bluntly removed at least 5 medical cannabis patients from discussing the health committee after their attempts to explain the difficulties in medical cannabis reform. The climax came when a father of an epileptic girl drank a whole bottle of cannabis oil and the discussion was interrupted.
During a stormy discussion held at the Knesset Health Committee, at least 5 patients were removed from the hospital, protesting the conduct of the Ministry of Health and the nature of the futile discussion on the committee headed by MK Eli Alalouf.
The climax came when the discussion was interrupted in the middle after Meir Kadosh, the father of a child suffering from epilepsy, drank a bottle of whole cannabis oil to protest the decrees.
"I'll bring it up at home and I'll open a drug lab as you call it," he said, showing a box of opiates. "I will not drink the pills," he said, drinking instead the cannabis oil he had in addition.
"Anyone who does not support full legalization, you murderers," he concluded, was removed from the discussion, and the meeting closed.
Another moving testimony was that of a mother with an 9 autistic child who began to cry in front of the committee's representatives. She said her son could not talk, and after 4 monthly cannabis oil treatment the boy began to read and talk.
Afterward, a patient who sat in the audience was displeased with the disdain and opposition of Committee Chairman Allaluf and Deputy Minister Litzman, and shortly afterwards Shlomi Sandak, the patient's veteran, was removed from the discussion. "After it turned out to be a circus, It's clapping and that's what I did. " Immediately after them, Oren Leibovitch was removed from the discussion, after he called Committee Chairman Allaloff "arrogant" and claimed that senior Health Ministry officials were involved in the field but had forgotten the patients themselves.
At the beginning of the discussion it was clear where things were going, when the chairman of the committee, MK Allalouf, Deputy Health Minister Litzman and Health Ministry Director-General Bar Siman Tov repeated the claim that cannabis is a drug and dangerous for its users, . There were also claims of leakage, lack of proof of the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for diseases, and blatant contempt and condescension among patients, those who came to the discussion in general.
"We are very uncomfortable with the widespread use of cannabis for medical purposes," said Health Ministry Director-General Bar Siman Tov. "We know that cannabis can relieve and therefore give it, but it is not a cure, but palliative care. We know that the long-range damage from cannabis is great. You see teenagers in psychotic attacks in mental health departments, and do not know what the damage is. We are also responsible for the fact that the material flows from those who deserve it to those who do not deserve it. I'm not calm about this story. The process is a process of decentralization rather than legalization or de-criminality. We do not address this, we oppose the legalization of cannabis. We think it's dangerous to do this thing. Legalization can not be done by means of localization. We gave quantities of people 80, 90, 100 grams, and I'm worried about it, because we also know that it goes down to people who are not supposed to use it. "
MK Ilan Gilon tried to explain to those present that whether or not there is evidence, the reality can be seen: "I do not accept the claim that cannabis only improves pain. I know two people who were wounded, the wounded of the Yom Kippur War. One with drugs and the other with cannabis. It is with the opiates is a vessel fragment and it is with the cannabis participates in the triathlon. We have advanced in recent years but there is still a problem with accessibility. Anyone who is authorized to give Oxycontin should also be authorized to give cannabis. "
MK Tamar Sandberg also protested the Health Ministry's insistence on repeatedly defining cannabis as a dangerous drug. "I have to consider that every speaker starts by saying it's a drug," she said. "It hurts a lot of people sitting here. Morphine is a drug, caffeine is a drug. When we deal with panic, then it is no wonder there is concern among the doctors. You tell them they will become drug dealers so they are afraid. This drug should be promoted as a first-line drug. There are other drugs that doctors prescribe to be much more difficult drugs. As for prices, unlike what you have seen, I have never heard of 80% of patients who pay less. With regard to the varieties - it is right to standardize but there is a subject of continuity of treatment that needs to be preserved. "
Knesset Member Sharan Heschel congratulated Litzman and MK Allalouf: "The localization of Israel is a revolution, after which more countries want to see what Israel is doing. As we are leading in agriculture and water, also this area, and this is thanks to you the honor of the Minister. " In addition, the intellect determined that despite claims of psychotic leaks and seizures from cannabis, it was not proven: "You talk about psychotic seizures but some medical cannabis patients have a psychotic attack. You claim leaks but do not show numbers of leaks. "
The medical cannabis organization said that they did not like Kadosh's crude style of protest, but understand his distress: "It is regrettable that there are individuals who choose to express their protest in illegitimate ways, and the association condemns such behavior. At the same time, the organization hopes that the committee will internalize the severity of the distress in which the patients and their families are in the wake of the expected changes, changes that entail real danger to their lives, and will act with due urgency to prevent such changes. If the reform takes place as planned, the association will seek the intervention of the High Court of Justice to protect the needs and rights of patients in need of medical cannabis. "