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A storm in the Knesset: Drink cannabis oil and remove it

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 debate held at the Knesset Health Committee, at least 5 patients were ejected from patients who protested the conduct of the Ministry of Health and the nature of the futile discussion in a committee headed by MK Eli Alalouf of Kolno.

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 grow 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 held 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 was sitting in the audience was displeased with the disdain and dissatisfaction of Committee Chairman Alaluf and Deputy Minister Litzman. Shortly afterwards, Shlomi Sandak, the patient's veteran, was apprehended after applauding her: "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 Chairman of the Committee Alaluf "arrogant" and claimed that senior officials of the Ministry of Health are doing combinatorial activities but have forgotten the patients themselves.

At the beginning of the discussion, it was clear where things went, when the chairman of the committee, MK Allalouf, both Deputy Health Minister Litzman and Health Ministry Director-General Bar Siman Tov repeated the claim that cannabis is a drug and dangerous to 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 not very comfortable with the widespread use of cannabis for medical purposes or not," 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-term 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, not 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 argument that cannabis only improves pain. I know two patients who were wounded in the Yom Kippur War. One with drugs and the other with cannabis. This 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. Who is authorized to give Oxycontin You have to be qualified 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 that 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 harder 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 continuum of treatment that needs to be maintained. "

MK Sheran Haskel congratulated Litzman and MK Allalouf: "The decentralization in 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 leakage and seizures from cannabis, it was not proven: "You talk about psychotic seizures, but some medical cannabis patients have had 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 understood 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 pose a real danger to their lives, and will act with the necessary 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 requiring medical cannabis. "