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*[https://www.health.gov.il/UnitsOffice/HD/cannabis/Documents/canabis_medical.pdf Policy Principles for the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes on the Ministry of Health
*[https://www.health.gov.il/UnitsOffice/HD/cannabis/Documents/canabis_medical.pdf Policy Principles for the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes on the Ministry of Health ].
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Revision as of 18:44, 9 September 2019
As a rule, cannabis is defined as a dangerous substance and its use is prohibited; but, patients with specific illnesses may be eligible to receive a license to use cannabis to alleviate their situations.
Target Audience and Prerequisites
- People who suffer from diseases listed on the Ministry of Health website may be able to get a license to use cannabis (see section 3.2 of the Ministry of Health "License for Cannabis Use" guidelines, for a complete list of circumstances for which one can request a license for cannabis).
- Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment, people with Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, AIDS (HIV), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Epilepsy, Tourette's Syndrome, patients being treated in a pain clinic (such as Fibromyalgia) and people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be eligible to receive a license to use cannabis.
- The right is not automatic and each illness has additional conditions that must be met in order for the patient to be eligible to receive cannabis.
- There are additional diseases that a request for cannabis use may be submitted (they are detailed on the Ministry of Health guidelines).
Who and How to Contact
- Refer to a doctor who specializes in the illness that is causing the person to request cannabis use.
Stages of the Process
- Only a doctor who is a specialist in the field of the illness that the patient is suffering from may submit a request to receive a license for cannabis use.
- A license will only be given once all the usual treatment options have been exhausted.
- The doctor should note the preferred supplier on the request form. Medical cannabis can only be received through the chosen supplier.
- Getting a license is contingent on medical follow up every 3 months during the first year of treatment and every 6 months from the second year and on.
- The treating doctor can request that the cannabis treatment dose be increased.
Request Approval and Receipt of Medical Cannabis
- If the request is approved it is transferred to one of the suppliers that is approved to supply medical cannabis in Israel. The supplier will contact the patient.
- Medical cannabis is provided once a month based on the dosage amount and requires a fixed monthly payment.
- The approval may be valid for a limited amount of time and differs from illness to illness and patient to patient.
- Requests to renew a license to use cannabis must be submitted by a doctor who is a specialist in the field for which is being prescribed, at least 45 business days before the existing license expires.
Co-payment for Purchasing Medical Cannabis
- The supply of cannabis requires payment which is based on the rates fixed by the Ministry of Health. They are updated periodically.
- Certain populations, such as work accident victims and those insured by the Ministry of Defense may be entitled to funding assistance for the medical cannabis.
- Hostile act victims may be entitled to funding assistance for the medical cannabis from the National Insurance Institute. For more information see medications for hostile act victims.
- It is recommended that even people that don't fit into one of these populations contact their Kupat Cholim to see if their health fund offers any funding assistance for the purchase of cannabis.
- The patient, as well as his/her doctor, can appeal the decision that rejected granting of a license.
- The appeal is submitted on an appeal form and should include the reasons for the appeal as well as medical evidence to support the claims.
- A diagnosis of a disease prescribed by the Ministry of Health itself does not automatically give the patient the right to apply to receive cannabis. The patient must meet additional conditions specified in the guidelines.
- As a general rule, the request of a patient who has recently contacted a pain clinic, only for the purpose of requesting permission to use cannabis, will not be approved. Additionally, patients who have been treated at a pain clinic for less than one year may not apply for cannabis except in exceptional cases where the request is supported by the director of the clinic and includes a detailed explanation from the director of the clinic as to why the case should be approved.
- For details on the conditions that a person needs to meet according to the disease he/she suffers from see section 3.2 of the Ministry of Health guidelines.
Laws and Regulations
- The Ministry of Health's Pharmacists' Branch Guidelines no. 106 from 01.07.2013 licenses for cannabis use.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.