The government headed by Yitzhak Rabin was the first in Israel to approve the use of medical cannabis for the patient, and since then the area that has reached its peak has begun to develop.
The first medical cannabis license in Israel was submitted by a patient in 1993, when Haim Ramon was Minister of Health in the Rabin government. In 1994 Ramon left for the position of chairman of the Histadrut and Rabin held the health portfolio until his murder at the end of 1995.
The first request for licensed cannabis was related to the use of hashish, which was finally accepted by 1993-1994. He received his cannabis supply from the state for years from cannabis confiscated during police perceptions.
In 1996, another patient received a medical cannabis license, following an asthma disease that is currently not listed on the Cannabis Medical License label.
Since the middle of 1998, the rate of applications for medical cannabis licenses has begun to increase, reaching 10 this year for all medical cannabis patients.
Most of the requests at the time, according to government officials, were filed against the background of criminal proceedings and requests to stay criminal proceedings by the legal advisor to arrange a legal license for their use.
At the January 1999 Drug Committee, the Health Ministry decided to set up a committee to determine criteria for using cannabis. The committee did not complete its work because of a few cases.
In the years 2000-2001, the Ministry of Health discussed this issue again, in the framework of which it first considered importing Cannabis from abroad. This solution did not succeed, and it was then decided to use it in a specific manner according to the decision of the committee established two years earlier.
In the same year, a license was granted for the first time to grow medical cannabis for the patient, at home, for his personal use, followed by a few others.
Until 2005, a total of 120 licenses were granted for medical cannabis and less than 100 licenses for self-cultivation of cannabis for patients.
In 2006, staff work began to regulate the growth in a controlled manner for a larger number of patients, with the management of Abarbanel Hospital, Dr. Yehuda Baruch, in charge of the new branch.
Between the years 2006 and 2009, Dr. Baruch distributed commercial licenses to 5, including the first medical cannabis company in Israel Tikun Olam. At first, cannabis supply was provided free of charge, to about 1,000 licensed patients in 2006 and up to 5,200 at the end of 2009.
In 2010 already operated 8 companies increased and allowed them to first charge for delivery (initially 360 NIS per month and later 370 NIS per month). At the end of 2011, Israel had 9,300 licensed patients.
In August, the government approved the decision to "supervise and regulate the source of cannabis supply for medical purposes and research." Since then, 2011 has been working to regulate the field.
In 2013, the Ministry of Health attempted to transfer the ownership of the medical cannabis branch to Sarel, the supplier of equipment to government hospitals, which is a completely private company with the benefits and confidentiality of a government company in every respect.
In the year 2016, after a petition by cannabis growers to the High Court of Justice, the government gave up the idea of handing over the industry to Sarel and began motivating the digitalization model.
The new model is currently in effect (the "Pharmacy Reform") and its essence is the separation of production squads, the severing of direct contact between the growers and the patients, and the opening of the branch to additional new dealers.
As of today, there are 1,000 licensed Cannabis patients in Israel, depending on who you ask for, according to the Ministry of Health. 2019 has 40 in Israel. 50 2,500 companies are still the largest and exclusive providers of medical cannabis in Israel.
In addition there are about 60 pharmacies with a license to supply medical cannabis, 3 manufacturers, 6 trading houses and 12 dealers are coming close to obtaining one of the above licenses. Approximately 1,300 requests for employment in the industry were submitted, and 850 received initial dealer codes for commencing operations, planning and construction.