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Next week Cannabis fines; Police: "almost ready"

The non-incrimination law will come into force next week (1.4) and will allow police officers to record fines of thousands of shekels against anyone caught holding cannabis for their own use. The police have not yet completed all the preparations, but they may be removed. The law is expected to bring 20 million shekels a year to the state.

Next week (Monday, 1.4) the law of cannabis fines ("Non-incrimination"), After it was approved last year by Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan.

The law will allow the police to issue monetary fines against anyone caught with cannabis for personal use, although there may be a certain delay in the implementation of the policy in the field, since the preparations for the new procedure have not yet been completed.

The fines will be 1,000 NIS for the first time, 2,000 NIS for the second time, and the order is conditional on the third time, which means fines up to 20 1000 NIS, along with revocation of licenses, detox treatment, etc.

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.

However, the "right" to pay the fines will be given only to cannabis consumers who do not hold any previous offense and only if no additional offense was committed simultaneously.

For example, if a person is caught smoking a joint while throwing the joint aside, or cursing the policeman, it will be two parallel offenses and therefore will not meet the conditions required to receive a fine and the enforcement against him will be criminal as usual.

In response to Cannabis magazine's appeal for its new law enforcement, the police are now making it clear that it has completed the "red-green" control system, which will allow police officers to know whether their first, second, or third time is facing them.

The police also noted that it has completed the process of issuing designated fines for cannabis consumers, through which fines will be recorded for those caught with cannabis for their own use, although they refused to reveal their draft to us.

The police also note that the preparations for the law's entry into force have not yet been completed, and may be completed by the determining date (1.4).

"These days, the Israel Police is completing its preparations for the coming into force of the law, and almost all necessary preparations have been completed," the report said.

It should be noted that following The new police directive According to which growing cannabis plant on the balcony without auxiliary equipment is considered self-use, it is quite possible that even those who will be caught flowerpot can avoid criminal punishment by paying a fine.

According to state estimates is expected to earn Approximately NIS 20 per year Of fines imposed on cannabis consumers.

The law is not valid for soldiers and young adults under the age of 18.


Cannabis fines

(Starting with 1 in April 2019)

Based on a figure revealed by Minister Erdan. Police refuse to reveal official figureDetails here)

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