Herzog, Sa'ar call on convicted cannabis users to request clemency

The President and Justice Minister are working to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis and make it an administrative offense as part of a broader push to reform Israel's penal system
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
Sunday, March 6, 2022

israel cannabis flag courtIsraelis who have been convicted for possessing or using cannabis for personal purposes were called upon to submit a request to have their criminal record erased, President Isaac Herzog and Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar announced. The call came after on February 9 a proposal was put forward to amend the Administrative Rules and Order law such that possessing or using cannabis will be designated as an administrative offense and will not warrant the opening of a criminal record. The clemency process in Israel requires that a person who wishes to erase his criminal record submit a request with the Justice Ministry, which then prepares a file and recommendation for the President to decide upon.