Weed: the new manna from heaven rains in Tel Aviv

Apparently there are people in Israel who think they have waited too long for their government to legalise the marijuana drug for every citizen, regardless of health status – so they have decided to make the drug rain while they wait.

Last Thursday, September 3, 2020, members of Green Drone – a Telegram Group advocating for the legalisation of marijuana in Israel – flew a drone over Rabin Square in the city of Tel Aviv, dropping hundreds of sachets containing the contentious drug, and prompting a scramble as people jostled to collect as many bags as they could.

Weed smoking is still largely illegal in Israel, although it has been made legal for medical use, and private recreational smoking is allowed for people over eighteen years of age, who are also allowed to grow the leaf in private. Public smoking is an offence attracting $275 for first offenders, and twice the amount if one if caught twice. Third strike will institute criminal investigations from the state, which could land the offender in jail.

Before making it rain, the group had posted a message on social messaging platform, Telegram, announcing their intentions.

“It’s time my dear brothers,” the message read. “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the green drone, handing out free cannabis from the sky… Enjoy my beloved brothers, this is your pilot brother, making sure we all get some free love.

“We’re launching the ‘rain of cannabis’ project, that will include a weekly delivery to different parts of the country of 1 kilo of cannabis divided into free 2 gram bags.”

Tel Aviv police arrested two suspects in their 30s for flying the drone which they said was distributing a dangerous drug.


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