Health Minister voiced his support for cannabis exports, if profits go to Ministry of Health

Israel’s Health Minister Yaakov Litzman of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism alliance on Sunday voiced his support for the Jewish State exporting medical marijuana- if the profits go directly to the Ministry of Health, Israel’s Channel 2 news reports.

Speaking the Hamodia Economic Conference, organized by the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hamodia, Litzman said that “I support the export of medical cannabis on the condition that the profits from the marijuana will go to the Health Ministry.”

“This will most likely be approved,” he added.

Acocrding to Channel 2, the Finance Ministry projects that the export of meical marijuana could bring in billions of shekels annually.

In Israel recreational use of marijuana is illegal and the use and distribution of medical marijuana is highly regulated, but the government is much less rigid when it comes to cannabis research.

Israeli cannabis growers collaborate with scientific institutions to perform clinical trials and develop cannabis strains to treat a range of diseases.

Litzman supports medical marijuana usage, and has introduced steps to ease its prescription and sale.

Last year, Israeli doctors prescribed the herb to about 25,000 patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress and degenerative diseases.

In August, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said that Israel could begin exporting Marijuana in as little as two years.

“In two years we will have protocols in place that will allow farmers to grow cannabis,” he said in an interview with Israel Radio.

“The Agriculture Ministry has set up specific areas for the research and trial of growing cannabis, a plant whose foremost use is the medical treatment of patients around the world,” he continued, adding that he intended to approve a request to allow export of Israeli cannabis.