Cannabis mit Gornischt

Anyone out there actually listen to what our erstwhile Minister Erdan announced about cannabis? Here’s the gist of his announcement:

Israel will continue to fight the WAR ON DRUGS [even though the rest of the world is done with it.]

Cannabis is a very dangerous drug, with the usual “especially for youth.” [We are ignoring everything written after 1990]

A new form of the WAR is proposed, after the archaic Portugal enactment a decade and a half ago, welcome to 2001. [That’s today’s date, isn’t it?]

Israel has a new weapon, called a fine!!

If you get caught with grass in public, the police will arrest you and fine you, but not open a criminal case against you the first 3 times.

After that, it’s life as usual in the WAR ON DRUGS! [Alive and kicking, renamed and hidden in a new office]

The cash from the pretty stiff fines (compared to traffic violations) will go to fund — THE WAR ON DRUGS, aka “education and prevention.” [We dont not plan however to allow anyone to see if this actually happens, what is this, America z”l?]

We don’t plan to invade people at home [too bad the camera did not document a possible crossing of fingers]

Of course, Israel’s media reaps ratings from making big news out of such nonsense.

Here is what was not said (my scenario)

OK, you fools, imagine you are getting closer to legalization! Gotcha there! This is a step away from legalization.

We are keeping medical cannabis on hold (arbitrary underdosing, absurd restrictions, training doctors who will have to swear allegiance to IMCA rules in order to be able to presribe — and be sure we will reglate the hell out of these groupies.

Once there are drugs derived from cannabis, that will be what these groupies will have to prescribe.

Then Israel will announce that since cannabis itself is such a dangerous drug, we now have done with it, all the cannabis cash will go to drug companies and not to the population, and we will keep fighting the WAR on DRUGS forever and ever.

Sheldon Adelson, a renowned and endowed opponent of cannabis, can exchange smiles and winks with Bibi. Even if they are recording each other. (See SPY vs SPY — anyone remember Alfred E.?)

Alcohol, “Nice Guy” and opiates for pain will do well.

And you, the citizen of Israel, has been screwed [again, but don’t ask the media to keep tabs].

About the Author
Alan Flashman was born in Foxborough, MA, and gained his BA from Columbia, MD from NYU, Pediatrics, Adult and Child Psychiatry at Albert Einstein. He has practiced in Beer Sheba since 1983, and taught mental health at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University. Alan has also edited readers on Therapeutic Communication with Children (2002) and Adolescents (2005).