On December 25, 2018, Israel’s parliament passed a law that empowers the Israeli police to supervise licensing granted in relation to cannabis.

The new amendment to the law also addresses foreign investors – assigning authority to the police to approve shareholders of licensed entities and deferring to a specially nominated committee with representatives from the Ministry of Homeland Security, the police, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of health, in case the police is unable to come to a decision. This law will become effective as of May 1st, 2019. This amendment to the law paved the way for the significant governmental decision to approve export of cannabis from Israel.