Israel has a long list of diseases for which treatment with medical marijuana is permitted; one American expert says this system should be a model for the practice internationally.

“Medical marijuana has been in use in Israel since the 1990s. Currently 9,300 patients hold permits for treatment with it, as compared with a mere 64 in 2004. Lately, the Health Ministry has been trying to tighten supervision, but the demand for medical marijuana just continues to rise. The management of the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, for example, recently instructed one of the senior doctors there – who holds a Health Ministry license to prescribe medical marijuana to cancer patients – to stop accepting patients who have requested such authorization but don’t suffer from cancer. The directive was handed down after the functioning of the oncological pain clinic at the medical center was disrupted because 500 people who are not cancer patients had requested permission to use medicinal marijuana.”

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