As the fight for the legalization in Israel grows, packets allegedly containing cannabis have been airdropped over Tel Aviv by the Green Drone group.
A drone piloted by two men were arrested after they dropped hundreds of bags of cannabis over Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. In a bid to gain further support for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, the widely circulated stunt saw onlookers rush to secure their free weed.
"The time has come," said the Green Drone pro-legalization group on its Telegram web messaging channel. "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Green Drone sending you free cannabis from the skies."
"We're launching the 'rain of cannabis' project, that will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of 1 kilo of cannabis divided into free 2 gram bags," the message read.
Police, however, were not as pleased with the 'rain of cannabis' project, suspecting the bags contained "a dangerous drug" instead. Photos distributed by police, however, clearly show what looks to be cannabis inside.
While medical cannabis is permitted in the country, recreational use of the drug is still illegal in Israel. The stunt comes quite recently after Israel gave approval for exports of medical cannabis in May 2020. Paving the way for international sales of medicinal cannabis products, according to Reuters, the government expects to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
With over 6-metric tons of 'strong' cannabis flower imported into the country by July 2020 – Israel is also the largest importer of medical marijuana in the world – despite the availability of homegrown options.
Fortunately for the Green Drone activists, On 24 June, the parliament of Israel approved the preliminary reading of two bills that aim to decriminalize and fully legalize the recreational use of cannabis and its supply chain.
Until then, we'll just have to keep looking to the heavens for our next baggie.
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