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The state has earned about NIS 1 million a month from Cannabis fines, but the police refuse to disclose the data to the public

The police have rejected the request of Cannabis Magazine to reveal how much money Israeli citizens have paid so far for fines for self-use of cannabis, but information released by Minister Gilad Erdan already amounts to more than a million shekels in less than a month and a half.

In response to a query by the Cannabis Magazine under the Freedom of Information Act She refuses Police reveal several reports on self-use cannabis have been issued so far since the entry into force of the Penal Code less than a month and a half ago.

In addition, the police refuse to reveal the total amount of fines issued since then, as well as how many Israelis were referred to a criminal proceeding after failing to comply with the new law (such as those with a criminal record or a related offense).

In the request, the police were asked to present the data on all the cannabis reports issued during April, some of which were first, second or third, and how much money in all the reports given so far.

The police claim that this information does not exist in their possession, even though these data necessarily exist in the police's possession, since they use a specially designed system that was established precisely for this purpose and monitors every examination or registration carried out by a police officer when issuing a report.

"After examining the request and considering the relevant considerations, we decided to reject it," the reply states. "An examination by the professional authorities indicates that the information requested by you does not exist in a manner that can be answered by you."

The police also claim that "this is a new procedure that only went into operation in the Israel Police, the smallest possible scope of production does not allow any form of production that will reliably and reliably reflect the requested and therefore we reject your request."

In response, Cannabis Magazine submitted a warning letter to the police before the appeal was filed, in which attorney Hetz David wrote in the name of the magazine that "this claim can not stand because the reports are all computerized reports coming from a unique system that was built. They can tell how many times the system has been executed, all at the touch of a button, without cost or effort. "

In addition, the police refused to reveal additional information required by Cannabis Magazine in connection with the number of search warrants requested by it for Cannabis offenses and the percentage of orders that were finally approved - a figure that is expected to be particularly high.

However, from the data Which he revealed last month Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan, issued in less than two weeks above 400 such reports and therefore it can be calculated that so far have been issued as 1,000 fines.

Since each report is at least NIS 1,000 and some NIS 2,000, it is safe to estimate that to date, Over NIS 1 million Within a month and a half since the new law came into effect.

The prime minister is currently deliberating the ministerial appointments of the next government, in which Minister Erdan is expected to be appointed as Israel's ambassador to the UN Will probably be appointed The minister of internal security is opposed to the known cannabis MK Bezalel Samotrich.

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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