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Israeli Minister Announces Steps Seeking to Decriminalize Marijuana

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The Times of Israel reports: In a move seen as paving the way for marijuana to be decriminalized, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday he plans to dramatically change the way the Israeli penal code treats private, recreational use of the drug.

Speaking at a press conference to announce his decision, Erdan said he will be adopting proposals put forward by the Anti-Drug Authority to adopt the “Portugal Model,” in which possession and use of the drug would be decriminalized and treated largely as a health issue.

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“This would mean moving to administrative fines, and criminal prosecution would only be a last resort,” Erdan said.

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