JTA reports: Passover just became more of a high holiday. A leading haredi rabbi in Israel ruled that marijuana is kosher for Passover, and users can eat or smoke the drug during the eight-day holiday, the Times of Israel reported Tuesday.
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky of Bnei Brak explained that the plant, which is normally considered kitniyot, or a form of legume not permitted on Passover, is perfectly legal under Jewish law when used for medical purposes.
When presented with several leaves of the plant Kanievsky, who the Times of Israel called the leading halachic authority, was convinced right away — he said the leaves had a “healing smell” and blessed them.
He was responding to a request for a halachic ruling from the pro-marijuana group Sian.
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