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 nominating committee with representatives from the Ministry of Homeland Security, police representatives, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of health, in case police are 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 exportation of cannabis from Israel.