1. Submitting the application
Applications for a Medical Cannabis Permit or applications to change existing permits (changes in dose, completions of medical records, etc.) must be submitted by a specialist physician, who specialized in the area from which the patient suffers. Applications from family physicians will not be approved.
Steps in submitting the application
- The specialist will complete the online application form according to the guidelines. Please note that the form may be completed only in Internet Explorer version 10 or higher or Chrome browser. Your physician will send the application online to the Unit, in accordance with the instructions, and then print out the form.
For technical assistance with the form, please contact the E-Government Forms Service Center: 1-800-200-560.
- It is recommended to specify the patient’s cell phone number and to confirm text messages (SMS), in order that the patient will receive text messages about the application’s status.2.
- The specialist will have the patient sign on the printed form, and will sign and stamp it in the space provided.
- The specialist will submit the form to the Medical Cannabis Unit according to the details listed below, together with the documents required by cannabis permits procedure (Procedure 106) and other relevant documents, as described below. The application will be handled only after all required materials is received by the Unit.
Details for application submission:
- Fax: 02-6474810
Applications for cannabis use and for any change in the permit should be sent to this number only.
- Mail: Ministry of Health, Medical Cannabis Unit, 39 Yermiyahu Street, PO Box 1176 Jerusalem, zip code 9101002
- Email: Imca@moh.health.gov.il
For additional information:
- Call center for inquiries: 08-6268000.
2. Medical Cannabis Unit receives the recommendation / application
Upon receipt of the application, if the patient’s cell phone was specified in the form, the patient will receive a text message (SMS) as a confirmation of receiving the application.
3. Examination of the recommendation and application for permit
Upon receipt of the application in the system, the documents are transferred for review and examination by a senior doctor in the Medical Cannabis Unit, who is a certified "Director" under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and has the authority to allow the use of cannabis for medical use. The Director examines the application in accordance with the medical information submitted and the medical indications recognized in the cannabis permits procedure (Procedure 106)
Application submitted without all the necessary information as described in this procedure, will not be considered until all the required information is received - no later than 3 months after submitting the initial application.
4. Decision to approve or reject the application
Decision regarding the application as well as any interim decision and correspondence will be delivered to the treating physician with a copy to the patient, in accordance with the details provided in the application.
Appealing the Director's decision to the Appeal Committee
After the Director finished examining the application, the patient or the attending physician may submit a written appeal against the decision given, to the Appeal Committee.
The Appeals Committee meets on an ad hoc basis upon receiving a number of files for its consideration. In any case, even if not received enough files, the Appeals Committee meets at least once a quarter.
5. Issuance of a Medical Cannabis Permit
Upon receiving the Director’s approval to issue a Medical Cannabis Permit for the patient, the permit will be issued and transferred to the supplier.
The supplier will contact the patient to coordinate instructions and supply.