Cannabis activists challenge ban on ‘smoking rally’

Israeli cannabis activists have legally challenged a police ban on a Marijuana Day rally, in which people publicly smoke the substance in protest of its illegal status every year. But the Israel Police notified the activists that any such rally in Tel Aviv would not be tolerated, and refused to authorize the event, saying it constitutes a blatant violation of the law. The activists, represented by the Dor Emet (Truth Generation) interest group, placed a High court appeal against the decision. The High Court has asked the police to explain its decision within two weeks, before coming to a final decision on the case, a Dor Emet statement released on Tuesday said. The appeal, led by attorney Dekel David Ozer, is based on “freedom of expression,” and is aimed to protect an event which presents “no danger to public order,” the organization added. Ozer said many works of research showed that smoking cannabis not only does not cause health or social harm, but that, compared to legal drugs like nicotine in cigarettes and alcohol, it often acts as a healing agent. Ozer said the appeal is also aimed at challenging the criminalization of “Israelis who use cannabis, or to be more accurate, the unrestrained pursuit of a entire public which is quiet and law abiding.”

via : the jerusalem post

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