The Case for a Regulatory Cannabis Enclave in the Resort City of Eilat

Yaniv Belhassen, Avichai Jackson

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This commentary advocates a city-based regulation, in which the private growing, commercial sale and personal use of cannabis will be legalized in the resort city of Eilat. Specifically, we argue that due to unique geo-cultural characteristics, this resort city is a suitable place to extend the decriminalization process started in Israel in 2017. Based on the Colorado experience, this commentary highlights the rationale and some guiding principles that can serve as the pivot around which the discussion on Eilat as the first cannabis enclave in Israel should revolve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)828-831
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Alternative agriculture
  • Cannabis enclave
  • Decentralization
  • Drug policy
  • Marijuana
  • Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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