Over the past few weeks, an all-out struggle has been raging on the Hidabrut (Hebrew for “discussion”) website launched by the committee for social-economic reform under Professor Manuel Trajtenberg.
Trajtenberg Committee asked to legalize pot
Knesset Member Einat Wilf (Independence Party) told Calcalist that “aside from the deterring nature of the suggestion, it would be one of the committee's easier decisions.” Wilf is promoting the issue at the Knesset.
She argues that “if the Trajtenberg Committee does recommend legalizing cannabis and taxing it accordingly – as many of the readers suggested – it would solve three issues at once: It would have done what’s right from a social perspective – it is clear today following research and on the basis of a recently published international report submitted to the UN that decriminalizing the use of cannabis and making it a social welfare issue yields better results insofar as its use and will limit its harm to society; it would also create another substantial source of income for the government and can be used to implement the committee's recommendations.
“Furthermore, it would take the money out of the hands of crime families and the enemies of the State. The funds in question are quite substantial and these days, following my request, the Knesset’s research and information center is engaged in the estimation of the figures involved.”
At this time it’s not clear to me where this proposal stands, but given the fact the U.S. has a very bad habit of pouring lots of money into countries to bully them one way or another …
Unfortunately she sees it as something that needs more research. Ugh, enough stalling already, the longer prohibition lasts, the worse things get!
I’m also reminded of a quote by President Richard Nixon disparaging the Jews for wanting to end marijuana prohibition in the U.S., “I see another thing in the news summary this morning about it. That’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it’s because most of them are psychiatrists …”