Israel is planning to legalize cannabis for recreational use within nine months while balancing “liberalism and responsibility,” according to Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn.

Nissenkorn presented the recommendations of an interministerial team that has been reviewing the matter, alongside Likud MK Sharren Haskel and Blue and White MK Ram Shefa, who have been leading their respective parties’ efforts on the issue.

According to the new law being promoted, people age 21 and up will be allowed to purchase cannabis at specialized stores. They will be required to show identification.

However, the law will likely include a blanket ban on smoking cannabis in public spaces.

KAN's Mark Weiss asked Likud MK Sharren Haskel why this is a positive development.