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Thu Apr 5, 2012, 12:26 PM

Crumbs of comfort: Cannabis cookies are kosher for Passover

In a location he will describe only as being “in the center of the country,” Moshe Ichiya, a graduate of the Estella school’s master class in pastry making, bakes cannabis cookies for some 350 patients who are sick or in chronic pain and, as of this week, they are kosher for Passover.

Ichiya’s company, Cannabliss, is one of several registered with the Health Ministry and the sole supplier of medicinal marijuana products to the Sharett Institute of Oncology at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center.

“You see their flyers around the ward,” said a recent patient.

But access is not immediately granted. First a patient’s attending physician must be convinced that medicinal marijuana is warranted. Then the doctor sends a letter to the Health Ministry, which reviews the case and sends the patient a license with their name and ID number, granting them permission by law to possess an individually prescribed amount of cannabis.

In Israel there are some 9,000 licensed users of therapeutic marijuana, the highest per capita rate in the world, according to the Knesset Drug Abuse Committee.


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