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WATCH: Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis Bless Kosher-for-Passover Marijuana

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Pot is kosher for Passover when used for medicinal purposes, a leading Israeli ultra-Orthodox rabbi ruled as he pronounced a blessing over the plant’s leaves.

Although cannabis belongs to the category of kitniyot, legumes and pulses that Ashkenazi Jews traditionally avoid on Passover, marijuana is allowed due to its medical benefits, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky declared.

According to the ruling, Jews of all backgrounds can consume medical marijuana, and the plant can be either smoked or eaten, the Times of Israel reported.

In the below video, Kanievsky and another prominent Israeli rabbi, Yitzchok Zilberstein, are presented with cannabis leaves, which they are told have a “healing fragrance.”

The presenter explains that the leaves are to be used by sick people and pronounces the traditional blessing for pleasant smells. Kanievsky and Zilberstein chime in with “Amen” and proceed to smell the plant.

In January, a New York company, Vireo Health, announced it was the world’s first kosher medical marijuana supplier, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. It is not clear whether the company’s product will be allowed for Passover use.


Josefin Dolsten

Josefin Dolsten

Josefin Dolsten is a former news fellow at the Forward, writing about politics and culture, and editing the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten .

WATCH: Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis Bless Kosher-for-Passover Marijuana

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