Cannabis and the Israeli military
Cannabis use is prohibited in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF conducts random and non-random drug testing on members. In December, 2016, penalties for use by off-duty soldiers were relaxed; use would no longer automatically result in a court-martial.
Since 2014, IDF members in reserve status are authorized to use medical cannabis. Some soldiers have received prescriptions for cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with "the authorization and support of the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Defense".
- Neumark & Schwartz 2009, p. 154.
- "IDF to ease up on pot-smoking soldiers", The Times of Israel, 21 December 2016
- Gavriel Fiske (22 September 2014), "IDF reservists can use medical pot: Policy only affects a few hundred reserve soldiers and does not yet apply to regular soldiers or careerists", The Times of Israel
- Ariela Bankier (July 8, 2011), "Should We Be Treating PTSD With THC?", Haaretz,
A year and a half ago, Dr. Yehuda Baruch – the chair of the Health Ministry's advisory board for medical cannabis – recognized the effectiveness of the substance for PTSD sufferers. Within a year, 142 requests by such patients for treatment were approved. Dozens of soldiers who suffer from PTSD as a result of their army service were, and continue to be, treated with medical cannabis, with the authorization and support of the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Defense.
- Neumark, Yehuda D.; Schwartz, Hadar S. (2009), "The epidemiology of drug use and dependence in Israel", in Levav, Itzhak (ed.), Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Israel, Gefen Publishing House, pp. 149–162, ISBN 9652294683
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