Residents of Tel Aviv were treated to a rare sight last Thursday after drones dropped hundreds of small bags of cannabis over the infamous Rabin Square. Dozens of people watched curiously as the small packets of cannabis floated down to the ground, with some even running into the streets to collect as many bags as they could carry. The illegal consignment of marijuana was delivered by a group called Green Drone, which announced to its followers on Telegram that it was the start of an ongoing “rain of cannabis.”
“It’s time my dear brothers. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the green drone, handing out cannabis from the sky. Enjoy my beloved brothers, this is your pilot brother, making sure we all get some free love,” the group wrote before the drop. Green Drone, whose slogan is ‘free love,’ advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel. “We’re launching the ‘rain of cannabis’ project, which will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of 2 pounds of cannabis divided into free 2 grams bags.”
The group also addressed the imminent threat of a government-imposed lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic stating that the situation “requires thinking outside the box and coming up with new ways to getting cannabis to consumers.” This led to the birth of the “rain of cannabis” project.
Shortly after the incident, the police announced that they had arrested two suspects in their 30s who allegedly operated the drone that flew over Rabin parks and dropped hundreds of bags of cannabis. The distribution of a substance suspected to be dangerous is illegal, and the suspects will be interrogated and dealt with accordingly, the police say. Despite that, Green Drone has stated that it will continue dropping 2 pounds of marijuana in small bags every week over different parts of the country.
Cannabis remains illegal except for limited medical circumstances in Israel. Earlier this year, the legislature voted to advance two bills that would legalize cannabis for preliminary reading, one introduced by Likud MK Sharren Haskel and another introduced by Blue and White MK Ram Shefa. According to Haskel, who was born in Toronto where cannabis is legal, 30% of Israeli adults use cannabis, and legalizing it will save them money and manpower spent by police ticketing the tens of thousands of people who use cannabis.
The bills are expected to be combined in committee and sent back through the legislative process as a government-sponsored bill. It will then have to pass through the committee and the plenum three more times each to become law.
It would be interesting to hear what North American cannabis companies like Pure Extract Technologies Inc. think about the brand of activism adopted by Green Drone.
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