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  • Letter to the Editor: Marijuana, Persians and the Oslo Accord

    October 9, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    More on Marijuana

    It can be seen by the article “Light-Up Nation” (Oct. 4) that medical marijuana is truly a science and has medical and emotional benefits. My hope is that funds will be allocated in the near future so that more research and clinical trials can be done. Why is it...

  • Study: Legalizing marijuana would help Israeli economy

    October 2, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Legalizing marijuana would generate more than $450 million annually for the Israeli economy, a new study shows.

    The black market for cannabis in Israel is worth $707 million annually, according to the study released Tuesday by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies. If...

  • Light-up Nation: What Israel can teach America about medical marijuana

    By Simone Wilson

    October 2, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Just over six years ago, in the lush Upper Galilee of northern Israel, the nation’s first large-scale harvest of legal medical marijuana was flowering on the roof deck of Tzahi Cohen’s parents’ house, perched on a cliff overlooking the bright-green farming village of Birya. Until...

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

    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...

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

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    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...

  • Jewish pot activist Mason Tvert hits new high with marijuana legalization vote in Colorado

    November 12, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Say what you will about Mason Tvert, the Jewish activist behind the marijuana legalization campaign that passed in Colorado, the man clearly has a sense of humor.

    Some years ago, in his efforts to persuade the public that marijuana is far less of a health menace than alcohol,...

  • Recipe for marijuana cholent

    November 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Now that the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized the recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana for its residents 21 years or older, there are all sorts of way to get creative in incorporating the new legal substance with Jewish edibles. Here's a recipe for...

  • Israeli researchers grow marijuana without a high

    July 3, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Israeli researchers say they have developed a cannabis plant that gives no high.

    The research firm, called Tikun Olam, operates a marijuana plantation in northern Israel, according to The Jerusalem Post. Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since 1993, though its recreational...

  • My war on drugs

    By Rob Eshman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:31 am

    When medical marijuana became legal in the state of California, I went out and got some. I say this not because I am cool, or like to get stoned — I’m not, and I don’t.

    My hard drugs of choice are yerba mate, Famous Grouse and red wine. But within me there lives an inner Ron...

  • Pat Robertson: Time to legalize marijuana

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 10, 2012 | 11:37 pm

    For once, televangelist Pat Robertson says something not crazy. Via the New York Times:

    “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but...

  • Holiday Card Etiquette

    By Julia Bendis

    December 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    When you receive your first holiday card, you realize that you’re officially in the holiday season, or as I like to call it, “The Holiday card nightmare”.  As we enter the holidays, we also enter the awkward holiday greeting card etiquette.  The other day a long-time friend asked me...

  • Survivor is Back and There Might be Pot!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    The best thing about Big Brother ending is it means Survivor is starting.  I love this show and for the past few years I look forward to it with hope they will shake it up and give us something new and fresh.  I loved Russell and having him back was enough to keep me interested, but...

  • Ghosts, Spirits and My Kids’ Wild Imagination…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 23, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Ever since my Grandmother passed away twelve years ago, I have been feeling like I am never alone.  Even if the house is completely silent and free from all and any rambunctious/annoying children, I always feel like there is someone else in there with me.  Being pretty superstitious,...

  • A career in cannabis

    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...

  • Prop. 19 goes up in smoke [VIDEO]

    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...

  • 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

    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...

  • Plenty of Jews on board California’s bid to legalize marijuana

    October 26, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Ed Rosenthal has been working to legalize marijuana in California since he moved to the state in 1972.

    Vindication may finally be at hand for the Bronx-born former yippie.

    On Nov. 2, California voters will consider Proposition 19, a ballot initiative to legalize the cultivation and...

  • Happy 420!

    April 20, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    Since today is 4/20, we’ve compiled marijuana-Jewish-related reading material:

    Books: Pot-smoking antihero proves cathartic for her creator


    By Naomi Pfefferman
    Twenty-nine-year-old Dahlia Finger, the antihero of Elisa Albert’s debut novel, “The Book of Dahlia,” has an inoperable...

  • Marijuana could reduce PTSD stress, Haifa study finds

    By Adam Wills

    November 4, 2009 | 1:41 pm

    Researchers at the University of Haifa report they have stumbled onto a medical treatment that could limit the release of stress hormones in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it’s increasingly available in L.A. storefronts.

    According to a study by published...

  • Pot church leaders plead guilty

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 7, 2008 | 5:21 pm

    Despite Craig X Rubin’s legal problems, it appears Temple 420, the church he created, where cannabis is a sacrament, is still trucking . Many people are skeptical of Rubin’s sincerity of belief. It’s just another loophole, the logic goes, for smoking pot under the auspice of legal...

  • Is Pot Kosher for Pesach?

    By Jacob Berkman

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a fifth question for the seder: What makes this herb different from all others?

    The Green Leaf Party, a small Israeli political party that supports legalizing pot, announced March 27 that marijuana might not be kosher for Passover.

    The reason, they say, is that marijuana...

  • 33 Parties File for Israeli Elections

    By James D

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty-three Israeli political parties signed up by Tuesday night's registration deadline to run in the May 17 Knesset elections, breaking the previous record of 27 parties. In addition to the large political parties, several special-interest parties and newcomers to the political...
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