Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s announcement about decimalizing the use of cannabis has excited many cannabis users. “This will take a big responsibility off of the police,” one Israeli said. However, some believe that the police will now increasingly search for cannabis users in order to fine them.
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Many Israelis are pleased with Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s announcement about drastically changing the law enforcement policy toward cannabis users. “This sounds like a step toward cannabis legalization,” they said. However, some disagree and believe that the new policy will only encourage police officers to find cannabis users. Earlier today, JOL News reported that Erdan has decided to implement a revolutionary policy decimalizing the use of cannabis.
Shiri, a Tel Aviv resident, is afraid that police officers will start to increasingly search for cannabis users in order to fine them. “There’s a possibility that the Israel Police will make everyone who walks around with a joint outside a club or bar pay 1,000 NIS,” she told Channel 2 Online. “I really hope this won’t happen and that it will really bring about a change in thought.”
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Ophir from northern Israel agrees with Shiri and said that he believes that now that police officers can just impose fines on cannabis users, it will motivate them to take more action against Israelis who smoke. “This is another dirty way for the Israel Police to take money from the citizens,” he said. “This will bring more money to the state at the expense of citizens. This isn’t a side toward legalization- it’s just throwing dirt in the eyes of the public.”
However, Daniel from Givatayim was very optimistic and welcomed the new policy. “The time has finally come!” he said. “This will take a big responsibility off of the police and now they will have more time to deal with the real important issues.”