Israel has one of the
most progressive medical marijuana programs in the world. For
thousands of Israelis suffering cancer, MS, Crohn's and chronic pain,
pot provides vital relief.
The Health Ministry
slowly began the program in 1994, but it really got going in 2002
under the direction of Dr. Yehuda Baruch from Abarbanel Hospital, a
psychiatric facility in Bat Yam.
Patients of all ages may
apply for approval through their own medical doctor or through the
Sheba Medical Center, and must pass a rigorous screening process.
Those eligible include cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy;
cancer patients with final-stage tumors; patients enrolled in an
Israeli HIV center; and people under treatment for chronic pain,
Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, MS and post-traumatic stress