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  • Israeli rabbi: Weed is kosher if it’s medicinal

    JTA

    June 28, 2013 | 9:04 am

    An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana is kosher, but using weed for fun is forbidden.

    Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, made the distinction in a recent halachic ruling, NRG, the news site of the...

  • Is there a place in religious life for marijuana? Ask Yoseph Needelman

    by Chavie Lieber, JTA

    December 10, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    After graduating from a Modern Orthodox high school in New York, 30-year-old author Yoseph Needelman moved to Jerusalem to explore the use of marijuana in Jewish tradition. For eight years he bounced around religious institutions, interviewing spiritual leaders to find out if there...

  • A career in cannabis

    By Larry Derfner

    November 14, 2010 | 11:08 am

    In nearly 50 years of researching the legendary powers of cannabis, Raphael Mechoulam, an 80-year-old chemistry professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, says he’s only sampled the stuff himself once. That was in 1964 at his home in Tel Aviv.

    “My wife baked a cake and my...

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  • Prop. 19 goes up in smoke [VIDEO]

    LATimes.com

    November 3, 2010 | 10:15 am

    From LATimes.com:

    After taking a serious look at legalizing marijuana, Californians voted Tuesday to reject Proposition 19, which would have made the state the first to allow the drug to be sold for recreational use.

    The measure drew strong support from voters younger than 25, as...

  • Jews’ view of the pot initiative? Mixed

    by Idan Ivri, Contributing Writer

    October 27, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    Marijuana is everywhere. Smokers come from every walk of life — from the college student to the cancer patient, from the wealthy older couple to the heroin addict who started out just smoking weed.

    Jews care about this issue because Jews, like every other group, can be found...

  • Pico-Robertson’s pot prince

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 27, 2010 | 11:50 am

    In a way, medical marijuana dispensary owner Matthew Cohen is just another small businessman.

    For the past five years, he has been working diligently to grow his shop, The Natural Way of L.A., located on Pico just east of Fairfax. Cohen claims to carry the best-quality product in...

  • Allison Margolin, L.A.’s dopest attorney

    by Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Contributing Writer

    October 27, 2010 | 11:44 am

    Allison Margolin, 33, is speaking rapidly and interchangeably into two phones. Scribbling notes with her right hand and gesturing with her left, she punctuates points by emphatically tapping her 3-inch-stiletto-heeled boot on the floor.

    It’s 10 a.m., and Margolin, dressedin...

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